Anthony Scaramucci, the newly appointed White House communications director, said Tuesday morning that it is “probably” correct that President Donald J. Trump wants Attorney General Jeff Sessions to be out of his current job. However, the former Wall Street hedge fund entrepreneur said he didn’t want to speak for President Trump.
During an interview Tuesday with radio show host Hugh Hewitt, Mr. Scaramucci was challenged with questions about the dwindling relationship between Trump and Sessions, and asked why President Trump wouldn’t just fire Sessions.
Anthony Scaramucci said he thinks the president has a “certain style” and is “obviously frustrated.”
“I think him and Jeff — sorry Attorney General Sessions — need to work this thing out,” he said.
Hewitt responded: “It’s clear the president wants him gone, isn’t it?”
Scaramucci said he has an “enormous amount of respect” for the attorney general. He continued, “But I do know the president pretty well and if there’s this level of tension in the relationship — that’s public, you’re probably right.”
“But I don’t want to speak for the president on that because he’s a cabinet official and I sort of think that has to be between the president of the United States and the Cabinet official.”
Scaramucci also said he does not believe the president should fire the special counsel in the Russia probe.
Scaramucci’s telling comments come on the heels of Trump’s scathing comments about Sessions in recent days, including those made in an interview last week with The New York Times. Trump expressed frustration that Sessions had recused himself from the investigation into the Russian election meddling.
Trump continued to slam Sessions on Tuesday morning when he tweeted that the attorney general “has taken a VERY weak position on Hillary Clinton crimes” and “intel leakers.”
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