Trump should have been 'much harsher' with Charlottesville statement, Scaramucci says
Aug 14 2017
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.
Earlier in the interview, host Chuck Todd asked what was "going on" between him and Bannon.
"That whole thing is nonsensical".
White House Senior Adviser Steve Bannon attends a round table discussion held by U.S. President Donald Trump in MI on March 15. He's got to move more into the mainstream, he's got to be more into where the moderates are and the independents are, George, that love the president.
In an interview with NBC on Sunday, National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster repeatedly refused to answer whether he would work with Bannon.
Scaramucci offered no details, but added, "I think the president has a very good idea of who the leakers are inside the White House".
Asked if he believed "Bannonbart" had an influence on President Trump's thinking, Scaramucci replied: "I would say no". And so if he does that, he'll have a very successful legislative agenda that he'll be able to execute.
"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 a year ago.
He said that if he was still working in the White House, he would not have recommended Trump make the statement he did.
"I think the president knows what he's going to do with Steve Bannon". "And if he doesn't do that, you're going to see inertia and you're going to see this resistance from more of the establishment senators that he needs to curry favor with".
ABC's Klein again attempted to link Steve Bannon with white nationalism, despite Breitbart News' internal, effortless diversity.
"Listen, there's probably mutual disappointment on both sides, again I have to be accountable for what I did and I am", he said.
A person close to Scaramucci confirmed the staffing change just hours after President Donald Trump's new chief of staff, John Kelly, was sworn into office.
And he particularly called out the insidious influence of Bannon and Breitbart, noting they may be partly to blame for Trump's half-hearted response. The president has a very good idea of the people that are undermining his agenda that are serving their own interests.
But he added that he wanted to take accountability for his actions and that what he did "was wrong".