Scaramucci: Trump 'Needed to Have Been Much Harsher' in Initial Charlottesville Statements

Scaramucci: Trump 'Needed to Have Been Much Harsher' in Initial Charlottesville Statements

Anthony Scaramucci returned Sunday to the national spotlight and defended the circumstances behind his ouster last month after only 10 days as White House communications director while suggesting West Wing rival Steve Bannon may also be on his way out.

"You also got this sort of Bannon-bart influence in there, which I think is a snag on the president", Scamucci said Sunday on ABC's This Week, referencing Bannon's past job as the head of the nationalist website Breitbart News. The president's gonna to do what he wants to do, how he wants to do it.

The White House did not immediately comment on Scaramucci's suggestion about Bannon. It's not serving the president's interests.

In his first televised appearance since he was ousted from his White House post, Scaramucci told This Week host George Stephanopoulos that - were he still Trump's communications director - he would not have written the fiercely criticized statement Trump gave on Saturday, shortly after the auto attack that killed a 32-year-old woman and injured several more. "He's got to move more into the mainstream", Scaramucci said.

"I think he needed to be much harsher as it related to the white supremacists and the nature of that".

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Mr Scaramucci, 53, said: "I would not have recommended that statement".

Trump had come under intense criticism after he assessed the violence in Charlottesville as a "display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides", but refrained from blaming any specific group for the outbreak of violence.

Scaramucci said during the interview that he accepts that what he did was wrong, but emphasized that people need to move on and focus on the president's agenda.

Anchor George Stephanopoulos asked if Trump should fire Bannon and Scaramucci responded: "I think the president knows what he's going to do with Steve Bannon".

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