Scaramucci goes head to head with CNN over Trump tweet

The newly appointed White House communications director, Anthony Scaramucci went head to head with CNN host Jake Tapper during an interview Sunday. The back and forth started when Tapper asked if President Trump is planning to use his pardoning power.

Scaramucci, who started his new job working for President Trump this Friday past, made a splash during his first press conference on the same day.

During the press conference, Scaramucci said he was focused on getting the president’s message out to the American people. But Scaramucci’s first CNN interview as a White House employee was to defend and explain the president’s tweet on Saturday morning.

During the former Wall Street tycoon’s appearance on CNN, Scaramucci was tossed tough questions about a tweet launched by the president about pardons. The tweet reads:

Jake Tapper said, “I am suggesting one thing, the president tweeted about pardons, and I am asking you who is he thinking about pardoning. That’s all I am asking you.”

Scarmucci responded by saying the president is thinking about pardoning nobody. Tapper followed up by asking, “then why tweet about pardoning?”

Scaramucci said there is an undercurrent of nonsensical stuff about pardons going around in the media.  Tapper responded by saying, “He has been asking advisors about it.”

The communications director told Tapper, “this is the problem with the entire system.” Scaramucci, who was referring to the leaks coming from the White House, told Tapper that if he were to tell something to one of his former employees he wouldn’t expect it to be leaked to the press.    Tapper came back and said, “If you asked one of your partners — hey do you have 100 grand for bail money in case I need it.  Yes, then people are going to ask questions.”

The debate gets heated from there. You can watch Scaramucci battle with Tapper in the video below.

Scaramucci also made headlines today about his own tweets.  The former Obama donor publicly stated he would be deleting all of his tweets from years past, including a few from 2016.

“Full transparency: I’m deleting old tweets,” Scaramucci tweeted. “Past views evolved & shouldn’t be a distraction. I serve @POTUS agenda & that’s all that matters.”  He then tweeted a second message: “The politics of ‘gotcha’ are over. I have a thick skin and we’re moving on to @POTUS agenda serving the American people.”

Scaramucci stepped into his new roll on Friday.  On that same day, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer resigned from his position, stating he wanted to create a clean slate for Scaramucci.

Scaramucci, who supported Jeb Bush and Scott Walker for president before jumping on the Trump train, will oversee the entire White House communications operation, and he will report directly to President Trump.

Conservatives have voiced concern over the new hire, stating Scaramucci is a liberal at heart.  His past tweets are filled with liberal statements on gun control, climate change, immigration, and positive messages about Hillary Clinton.

One of Scaramucci’s tweets stated:  “I hope she [Hillary Clinton] runs, she is incredibly competent.”

Another tweet stated: “You can take steps to combat climate change without crippling the economy… The fact many people still believe CC is a hoax is disheartening.”  The tweet was published in 2016.

In 2015, Scaramucci tweeted: “Walls don’t work. Never have never will. The Berlin Wall 1961-1989 don’t fall for it.”

In 2012, he pushed out this message: “We (the USA) has 5% of the world’s population but 50% of the world’s guns. Enough is enough. It is just common sense it apply more controls.”

The above tweets are now deleted.

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