Scaramucci spoke to ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos on ABC News’ “This Week” today in his first television interview since his whirlwind 11-day stint in the White House.
“I wouldn’t have recommended that statement,” Scaramucci said of Trump’s words on Saturday from Bedminster, New Jersey. “I think he would have needed to have been much harsher.”
“With the moral authority of the presidency, you have to call that stuff out,” Scaramucci said.
Scaramucci criticized the influence of the website Breitbart and Steven Bannon, who was the executive chairman of Breitbart before joining the Trump campaign, saying that there’s “this sort of Bannon-bart influence” in the White House that he thinks “is a snag on the president.”
When asked by Stephanopoulos if that influence stemmed from Bannon, Scaramucci said, “I think the president knows what he’s going to do with Steve Bannon.”
“Let’s leave it up to the president. It’s his decision but at the end of the day the president has a very good idea of who the leakers are inside the White House. The president has a very good idea of the people who are undermining his agenda that are serving their own interests,” Scaramucci added.
Asked if that included Bannon, Scaramucci said “well yeah,” before saying “I would prefer to let the president make the decisions the president needs to make.”
Scaramucci spoke further about the bombastic phone call that he had with New Yorker reporter Ryan Lizza, during which he criticized a number of his then-colleagues, including then-chief of staff Reince Priebus and chief strategist Steve Bannon. Scaramucci today said that “for the record, I thought that was off the record.”
He called Lizza’s…