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

Scaramucci: Trump Has to 'Move Away' from 'Bannon-Bart Nonsense'

Scaramucci: Trump Has to 'Move Away' from 'Bannon-Bart Nonsense'

In his first interview since being fired from the Trump administration after less than two weeks on the job, Scaramucci looked on, sometimes ruefully nodding and smiling, as host George Stephanopoulos played some of the more colorful parts of the vulgar interview that led to his dismissal.

Separately, Scaramucci said he believed Trump's condemnation Saturday of hatred, bigotry and violence "on many sides" in reference to violent protests after white supremacists marched in Charlottesville, Virginia, should have been more pointed.

In late July, the White House announced that Scaramucci resigned from his position after just 10 days in office to allow newly appointed communications director to have "a clean slate and the ability to build his own team". One person was killed and others injured when a driver plowed into a group of counter protesters.

Trump "has got to go more to the mainstream", Scaramucci said.

"The president has a very good idea of who the leakers are inside the White House". Furthermore, Trump's advisers are "reluctant to tell him the truth", he said.

The former communications director also addressed the expletive-laden tirade in which he referred to then-Chief of Staff Reince Priebus as a "f**king paranoid schizophrenic, a paranoiac", and hit out at Steve Bannon, stating "I'm not Steve Bannon".

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Scaramucci said the president can't be told what to do, but said those around him should "give him direct advice" and "be blunt with him".

He said that he thought that the phone call was off the record, and called it a "very deceitful thing" for Lizza to publish his quotes.

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

"What happens in Washington.is the president is not a representative of the political establishment class, so for whatever reason the people have made a decision that they want to eject him", Mr Scaramucci said.

"I went in there with my heart and soul", he said.

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