Former White House Communications Anthony Scaramucci, who was sacked after just 10 full days on the job, said Sunday that President Donald Trump should have directly condemned white nationalism in his statement regarding the deadly protests promoting white supremacy and Nazism in Charlottesville, Va., over the weekend.
The former Wall Steet tycoon was pushed out following a profanity-laced phone call with New Yorker reporter Ryan Lizza which he said was "mischaracterized".
Breitbart has close ties with the alt-right movement, an ideology that can be associated with white nationalism. Earlier Saturday, white supremacists waved Confederate flags and ones with swastikas, and a number of counter-protesters gathered in opposition.
After stating that the president needs to move away from what he referred to as the "Bannonbart" influence towards the mainstream, Scaramucci was asked whether "Bannon has to go". He said that he thinks "the president knows what he is going to do with Steve Bannon", adding that Trump "has an idea of who the leakers are".
Scaramucci had boasted that he reported directly to the president and not the former Chief of Staff Reince Priebus.
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Stephanopoulos played portions of the conversation Scaramucci had with Lizza, as Scaramucci listened. "There were probably 200 people that didn't want me in that job".
I applaud General McMaster for calling it out for what it is.
He also said that how he sounds on the audio of the conversation is much different than how he comes across in print - calmer in conversation than the inflammatory words would suggest.
Scaramucci, whose turn on the communications team lasted for less than two weeks, said in an interview with ABC News' This Week the president needed to get "more loyalists in" to protect his position.
The White House later Sunday issued a statement saying of Trump's condemnation: "Of course that includes white supremacists, KKK, Neo-Nazi and all extremist groups".
"I went in there with my heart and soul", he said.
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