Scaramucci: Trump Should Have Been 'Much Harsher' On White Supremacy


Scaramucci: Trump Should Have Been 'Much Harsher' On White Supremacy

In his first televised appearance since he was ousted from his White House post, Scaramucci told This Week host George Stephanopoulos that - were he still Trump's communications director - he would not have written the fiercely criticized statement Trump gave on Saturday, shortly after the vehicle attack that killed a 32-year-old woman and injured several more.

Mr Scaramucci, who was sacked last month after just 10 days on the job, told ABC there are "elements" within the White House trying to "eject" Mr Trump, according to the BBC.

"I think he needed to be much harsher as it relates to the white supremacists", Scaramucci said on ABC's "This Week".

When Scaramucci served as communications director, he went on a rant about Trump administration staffers during a call with a New Yorker reporter. Earlier Saturday, white supremacists waved Confederate flags and ones with swastikas, and a number of counter-protesters gathered in opposition. In remarks later Saturday afternoon, he called the clashes an "egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides".

"He likes doing the opposite of what the media thinks he's going to do", he said.

SCARAMUCCI: Well, let's leave it up to the president. "He's going to do what he wants to do, how he wants to do it".

His firing capped a tumultuous period within the Trump White House.

"I think people are reluctant to tell him the truth".

"He has to move away from that sort of "Bannon-bart" nonsense", Scaramucci said, apparently combining Bannon's name with Breitbart, the website that Bannon ran before joining Trump's campaign previous year. "The president has a very good idea of the people who are undermining his agenda that are serving their own interests", Scaramucci added.

Scaramucci also talked about that now-infamous bonkers phone call, saying, "I made a mistake".

Expect McMaster et al.to also be pressed on the "military option" for Venezuela, which the president laid on the table on Friday because, I guess, sounding "tough" is its own reward.