One-time White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci is back in the news Thursday after defending Donald Trump Jr. to mainstream news outlets in the wake of allegations from former chief strategist Steve Bannon, who was quoted in a new book saying Trump Jr.’s actions were “treasonous.”
“Let’s talk about the treason thing because you have to have criminal intent, obviously we both know that. Donald Trump Jr. is a very patriotic guy — he’s a very honest guy and so I would bet my life savings on the fact that he has done absolutely nothing treasonous,” Scaramucci said on CNN.
“And so if Steve actually said that, and let’s say that he did say that, I think it’s just a ridiculous comment. And if he was a smart enough guy and a good enough strategist, he’d get on the TV or something and say, ‘I’d like to take it back if I said it,'” he added.
There’s no love lost between Scaramucci and Bannon, who barely tolerated each other during their time together in the White House.
“At the end of the day, taking out the expletives, he’s for Steve and we are for the President,” Scaramucci said. “I think the President wanted to reward him [Bannon] for a job well-done during the campaign, but I think he diverted from the president and started focusing on his own brand and I think that’s very damaging and not the right thing to do.”
Scaramucci noted that he does not think Trump is “angry” about the preview released Wednesday from Michael Wolff’s forthcoming book “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House.”
“My gut tells me he’s probably not all that angry as much as he is distracted by it. He thinks it’s another unnecessary distraction,” Scaramucci said.
Scaramucci on Bannon’s reported comments about the Trump Tower meeting: “Donald J. Trump Jr. is a very honest person, he’s an American patriot, and to call him ‘treasonous,’ you’ve got something wrong with you, pal” https://t.co/wa2J96r6TS
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Anthony Scaramucci slams alleged comment by Steve Bannon calling Donald Trump Jr. meeting in Trump Tower “treasonous”: “There’s nobody less treasonous than Don Jr., there’s nobody more patriotic.” https://t.co/TdV5OgpifD pic.twitter.com/HO0cmbPMT0
— ABC News (@ABC) January 4, 2018