Five-minute White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci told Stephen Colbert on CBS’ “Late Show” Monday that if it were up to him, presidential adviser Steve Bannon would be gone from President Trump’s administration.
But, he acknowledged, “it’s not up to me.”
Just a few weeks after he was dismissed from the White House following a profanity-laden conversation with a reporter, “The Mooch” appeared on Colbert’s show. Colbert has seen his ratings soar since Trump’s inauguration, getting mileage out of making fun of the administration.
Scaramucci suggested in an earlier interview that Bannon is the source of at least some of the West Wing leaks and that his connection to Breitbart.com – and its association with the far right – is hurting the presidency.
Trump gave Scaramucci the White House communications job in late July after he deftly forced CNN to take down a damning, untrue story published online connecting him to the Russia investigations.
However, he was fired 11 days later, after an interview with The New Yorker reporter Ryan Lizza in which he went off the rails using extremely colorful language and amid the arrival of retired Marine Gen. John Kelly as the new White House chief of staff.
“For the record, I thought that (call) was off the record,” Scaramucci, a former Wall Street financier and a member of the Trump campaign’s finance committee, said Sunday. “That was a very deceitful thing that he did. … But we don’t need to debate that anymore. That’s past news. I made a mistake. I’m accountable for the mistake. I paid the consequences of that.”
Colbert held up a picture of Scaramucci and former White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus glaring at each other, asking if Scaramucci was brought in for the sole purpose of ousting Priebus. Scaramucci demurred, saying only that there was “no love lost” between the two.
He said he and Priebus got along well when he was writing checks to the Republican National Committee, which Priebus once led.
Scaramucci said he knows Trump “as a compassionate person,” while reiterating that he thought the president should have spoken more harshly than he did initially about white supremacists involved in the violent protest in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend.
Of Trump’s frequent off-the-cuff remarks, Scaramucci said, “That’s him, wearing his heart on his sleeve.”
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