Former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci criticized President Donald Trump’s tepid response to the hate-fueled violence in Charlottesville, Virginia Sunday.
In an appearance on ABC’s “This Week,” Scaramucci said, “I wouldn’t have recommended that statement. 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.
Mooch then pointed the finger at controversial White House adviser and former Breitbart executive Steve Bannon.
“This sort of ‘Bannon-bart’ influence” inside the White House “is a snag on the president,” he said.
Asked if that influence stemmed directly 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 all but calls Steve Bannon a big White House leaker, intimates that Trump is going to can him in 1st big interview: pic.twitter.com/JSAmZj5ylb
— Marlow Stern (@MarlowNYC) August 13, 2017
Bannon, who has long been tied to white nationalists and previously declared Breitbart the “platform of the alt-right,” was thrown under the bus by several people Sunday.
In an appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday, National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster repeatedly refused to say if he can work with Steve Bannon.
— Yashar Ali (@yashar) August 13, 2017
Meanwhile, White House sources told Axios that Trump is “irritated” with Bannon over leaks to Breitbart targeting McMaster. Insiders believe Bannon is behind the leaks.
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