Incoming White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci told Chris Wallace on “Fox News Sunday” that it’s time to “de-escalate” the Russian narrative, which he said “is completely overblown.” Scaramucci added, “I’m confident that when Jared Kushner speaks (to investigators), it will be the last time he has to talk about Russia.”
“We have to get the leaks stopped,” Scaramucci stated, noting that the administration may have to “pare down the staff” in order to get that done. “What’s going on right now is a high level of unprofessionalism, and it’s not helping the president. … I will take drastic action to stop the leaks. As far as I’m concerned, there will be a new start for everybody on the team.”
A former Wall Street executive, Scaramucci called the culture in Washington “scandals incorporated” and noted that he doesn’t like it.
He also addressed the issue of “fake news,” which he has been a victim of, saying that the mainstream media still has a “level of objectivity,” but “some individuals … do stretch stories.”
Scaramucci also discussed the recent uproar caused by a tweet in which President Trump said, “While all agree the U. S. President has the complete power to pardon, why think of that when only crime so far is LEAKS against us.FAKE NEWS.”
While all agree the U. S. President has the complete power to pardon, why think of that when only crime so far is LEAKS against us.FAKE NEWS
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 22, 2017
Rumors that Trump and his legal team are exploring ways in which he could potentially pardon himself and those close to him were dismissed by Scaramucci, who called the entire Russian scandal “completely unfair”.
“I just want there to be fairness and objectivity,” stated Scaramucci, adding, “It’s overblown, it’s completely unfair, and it’s designed to take people off-message and off our agenda.”
Scaramucci noted that the President doesn’t have to pardon himself or anyone on his team for “Russian collusion,” stating, “He hasn’t done anything wrong. He was just making a statement about power to pardon.”
Matthews pressed Scaramucci further on the Russian meddling investigation, which he said is “nonsense”. Scaramucci added, “The big point about the whole thing is that the president has a great agenda for all the American people — Democrats, Republicans, race, color and creed doesn’t matter. This president is going to do a phenomenal job for the American people.”
Scaramucci explained that his new role as White House Press Secretary is non-political, and in an effort to to stay that way, he deleted his own old tweets that appeared critical of Trump or were liberal-leaning views, saying he didn’t want them to be a distraction.
While he reportedly won’t be influencing policy decision making, Scaramucci does have a background that represents a liberal ideology. He’s been a gun control-supporting, global warming-backing, Obama-donating Wall Street millionaire who once called Trump a political hack. Although he has apologized for his name calling of Trump, Scarmucci’s left leaning ways have raised eyebrows with conservatives such as Dana Loesch and Ben Shapiro.
Despite these earlier beliefs, Scaramucci has renounced these previous opinions, claiming his world view has evolved over the years and stands ready to serve Trump.
— Fox News (@FoxNews) July 23, 2017
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