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Anthony Scaramucci: Trump Should Have Been 'Much Harsher' in Charlottesville Remarks

14 August 2017

Speaking on why President Trump failed to condemn white supremacists after the Charlottesville incidents on Friday night and Saturday morning, Scaramucci urged him to "hit [them] harder" and mused that "the moderates and the independents... that want to support the President, and want to help the President with his legislative agenda, I think they'll find that to be more favourable than this sort of micro Bannonbart group of people that like that sort of nonsense".

It's his decision. But I mean, at the end of the day, I think the president has a very good idea of who the leakers are inside the White House.

"I didn't say I didn't do the wrong thing", Scaramucci said".

"I applaud General McMaster [Trump's national security adviser] for calling it out for what it is, it's actually terrorism".

Trump fired Scaramucci, a wealthy NY financier, on July 31, just days after naming him as communications director.

However, he said the president needed to bring in "more loyalists" in order to carry out his agenda. "This hate and division must stop, and it must stop now".

"I think there are elements inside of Washington, also inclusive in the White House, that are not necessarily abetting the president's interests or his agenda".

Channelling Hillary Clinton's "deplorables" moment - attempting to force link between racialism and Breitbart News - Scaramucci continued: "Steve Bannon is a great speechwriter".

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"He has to move away from that sort of "Bannon-bart" nonsense", Scaramucci said, apparently combining Bannon's name with Breitbart, the website that Bannon ran before joining Trump's campaign past year.

He's referring to Trump's comment following a brutal attack that left one dead and nearly 20 injured at a white supremacist rally Saturday.

"Can you and Steve Bannon still work together in this White House or not?"

Trump's response was criticized by politicians on both sides of the aisle for failing to name white supremacist or alt-right groups involved in the protests.

He added: "With the moral authority of the President you have to call that stuff out".

Mr Scaramucci has spoke to ABC News in his first interview since he was sacked last month.

His firing came after an expletive-laden interview with the New Yorker in which he strongly attacked then-White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus. The president is going to do what he wants to do, how he wants to do it.

"He likes doing the opposite of what the media thinks he's going to do", Scaramucci said.

Anthony Scaramucci: Trump Should Have Been 'Much Harsher' in Charlottesville Remarks