Below is a partial transcript of an interview that took place today on CNN. The interview was between White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci and “New Day” host Chris Cuomo.
The conversation was about White House leaks that have dogged the Trump presidency.
Scaramucci informed CNN several times during the interview that he and Trump had spoken before Scaramucci called into the show on his cell phone, thus, reinforcing the fact that the president was comfortable with Scaramucci calling out Reince Priebus, the president’s current chief of staff.
Here is the transcript of the interview, followed by the video clip:
SCARAMUCCI: As you know from the Italian expression, ‘the fish stinks from the head down’, I can tell you two fish that don’t stink, me and the president.
I don’t like the activity going on in the White House. I don’t like what they’re doing to my friend. I don’t like what they are doing to the President of the United States or their fellow colleagues in the West Wing.
If you want to talk about the Chief of Staff, we have had odds. We have had differences.
When I said we were brothers from the podium, that’s because we’re rough on each other. Some brothers are like Cain and Abel. Other brothers can fight, we fight each other and then get along. I don’t know if this is repairable or not, that’s up to the president.
He’s the Chief of Staff. He’s responsible for understanding and uncovering and for helping me do that inside the White House which is why I put that tweet out last night. — (end of transcript)
The tweet he referenced read: “In light of the leak of my financial disclosure info which is a felony. I will be contacting @FBI and the @TheJusticeDept #swamp @Reince45.” (@Reince45 is Priebus’ twitter handle.)
The tweet followed a Politico report on the former Wall Street financier’s financial holdings. Scaramucci has since deleted the tweet and denied reports that the vow was a message to Priebus.
Scaramucci went on to say that the press is jumping all over the tweet, making accusations that Scaramucci is indicating/naming Priebus as the leaker within the White House.
Scaramucci claimed the reporters know who the leakers are because that’s how they get their information. He then called Priebus out: “If Reince wants to explain that he’s not a leaker, let him do that.”
You can watch the clip from CNN below. It highlights the transcript from above.
FROM CNN NEW DAY with CHRIS CUOMO (Wed / July 27)
ABOUT REINCE PRIEBUS
Reinhold Richard “Reince” Priebus (born March 18, 1972) is an American lawyer, politician, and the current White House Chief of Staff for U.S. President Donald Trump, serving since January 20, 2017.Priebus previously served as the Republican National Committee chairman, RNC general counsel, and chairman of the Republican Party of Wisconsin.
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