In his new role as White House communications director, Anthony Scaramucci appeared on nearly all the major Sunday political shows and made it perfectly clear that his first order of business is to stop the leaking of sensitive information to news outlets; a practice which has dogged the Trump administration and caused untold consequences.
Scaramucci’s hiring on Friday was an event in itself. The new placement of the former Wall Street insider set off a series of leaks all by itself as anonymous sources spewed gossip about White House power struggles to eager news outlets.
“I will take dramatic action to stop those leaks,” Scaramucci stated on “Fox News Sunday,” adding that he is prepared to “pare down the staff” if that’s what it will take.
“I think it’s not fair to the president, it’s actually not fair to America or the people in the government,” said Scaramucci, noting that he has no control over leaks involving intergovernmental agencies. “But something is going on in the White House that the president does not like, and we’re going to fix it.”
Scaramucci stated on CBS’s “Face The Nation” that he will work on “culturally changing” the environment at the White House. “If they’re going to stay on that staff, they’re going to stop leaking. If you’re going to keep leaking, I’m going to fire everybody.”
Scaramucci told show hosts that he intends to reset the administration’s relationship with the media and refine the message from the White House.
“He’s one of the most effective communicators that has ever been born,” Scaramucci said of President Trump, “and so we’re going to make sure to get that message out directly to the American people.”
“I certainly want to engage the mainstream media. I expect that they’re going to want to hold me and the White House accountable, but we’re going to want to sort of hold them accountable, too,” Scaramucci said to Chris Wallace of Fox News.
Scaramucci hammered his point home on Twitter, writing, “The politics of ‘gotcha’ are over. I have a thick skin and we’re moving on to @POTUS agenda serving the American people.”
The politics of "gotcha" are over. I have a thick skin and we're moving on to @POTUS agenda serving the American people
— Anthony Scaramucci (@Scaramucci) July 22, 2017
Scaramucci made big headlines Sunday for posts made on Twitter, only the posts were not those of President Trump. The sharply-dressed New Yorker enters the White House with a long history of leaning to the left on issues such as immigration, guns, and climate change. He was also a donor to Barack Obama, and he used Twitter to praise Hillary Clinton. He tweeted that he wanted her to run for president because of how smart she is.
But Scaramucci wanted to kill the buzz about his tweets and left-leaning ideologies, so he decided to delete all his old tweets Saturday. A move that was highly ridiculed by the left.
During his appearance on Fox News, Scaramucci was reminded of a TV appearance he made in 2015 in which he ripped into Trump, calling him a political hack and stating that politicians feared the real estate mogul because he often used Fox News as a platform for ripping people down who didn’t agree with him.
In the old clip, Scaramucci challenges Trump “to bring it on,” stating he didn’t fear Trump at all.
During his appearance today, Scaramucci laughed it all off, saying it’s “what us New Yorkers do.We fight with each other.” At the time, Trump was berating the hedge fund industry. Scaramucci said he was defending his business.
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