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Sunday, 13 August 2017 14:03

Scaramucci criticizes Trump's Charlottesville statement: 'I think he needed to be much harsher'

Written by  Kristine Phillips
Then-White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci blows a kiss to reporters after a daily briefing on July 21. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)

Ousted White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci criticized President Trump’s unwillingness to single out white nationalist and white supremacy groups in addressing the violence that erupted Saturday in Charlottesville.

“I wouldn’t have recommended that statement. I think he needed to be much harsher as it related to the white supremacists and the nature of that,” Scaramucci told George Stephanopoulos, referring to his former boss’s broad and vague condemnation of hatred and violence.

Scaramucci’s appearance Sunday on ABC’s “This Week” marked his first interview since his brief tenure as communications director ended abruptly about two weeks ago.

Scaramucci wouldn't have recommended Trump Charlottesville statement, "He needed to be much harsher as it related to white supremacists." pic.twitter.com/l5cbwUF63c

— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) August 13, 2017

Trump has been widely criticized, including by members of his own party, for not singling out white nationalists and white supremacists in his condemnation on Saturday after hundreds of neo-Nazis and Ku Klux Klan members clashed with counterprotesters in Charlottesville.

In a brief speech at his resort in Bedminster, N.J., Trump condemned “hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides.

Read more at WashingtonPost

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