Published: Sun, August 13, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Anthony Scaramucci: Trump Needed to Be 'Much Harsher' to White Supremacy

Anthony Scaramucci: Trump Needed to Be 'Much Harsher' to White Supremacy

When asked about Trump's reaction to the events in Charlottesville, Scaramucci said the president's words should have been "much harsher".

Donald Trump's former communications director, Anthony Scaramucci, has gone from being the U.S. president's greatest advocate to one of his most vocal critics this week.

He added that the President needed "more loyalists" to implement his plans.

During the interview, his first sitdown TV interview since he left the White House after 10 days on the job, Scaramucci also told ABC he believed chief strategist Steve Bannon was one of the White House's biggest problems.

"George, I didn't say I didn't do the wrong thing", Scaramucci said.

Nevertheless, Scaramucci also indicated that this White House faces broader problems than a single adviser.

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Scaramucci, who was sacked by President Trump after just over a week in the White House, called the Steve Bannon influence on the administration a "snag" for the president with respect to his legislative agenda. If the president wants to execute the legislative agenda that I think is so promising for the American people, the lower and middle-class people, the middle-class people then he has to move away from that sort Bannon-Bart nonsense.

"I've never sat down with Steve Bannon and said, 'Hey, are you a white nationalist or a white supremacist?' But I think the toleration of it by Steve Bannon is inexcusable", Scaramucci said.

"The President has a very good idea of the people who are undermining his agenda that are serving their own interests".

Before his ouster, Scaramucci had lambasted Bannon - a senior White House adviser on leave from his position as an executive of the alt-right Breitbart News Network - in a profanity-laden interview with a New Yorker reporter.

"I get to work together with a broad range of talented people and it is a privilege every day to enable the national security team", McMaster said, an answer he regurgitated three times as Todd continued to press him on his views of Bannon. "I think the president knows what he's going to do".

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