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

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Former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci was forced to relive his infamous interview with the New Yorker's Ryan Lizza Sunday on ABC's "This Week".

"I think he needed to be much harsher as it related to the white supremacists", Scaramucci said. When asked why he didn't, Scaramucci noted that Trump "likes doing the opposite of what the media thinks he's gonna do" and is "also of the impression that there is hatred on all sides, but I disagree with him". If the president wants to execute the legislative agenda that I think is so promising for the American people, the lower and middle-class people, the middle-class people then he has to move away from that sort Bannon-Bart nonsense.

"You're not going change the president", Scaramucci said.

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

During a television interview on Saturday (12 August), Scaramucci criticised his former boss for not openly denouncing the far-right violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend.

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The White House on Sunday released a statement that said "of course" Trump condemns "white supremacists, KKK, neo-nazi and all extremist groups".

Later Sunday, Trump's national security adviser H.R. McMaster - who has been on the receiving end of criticism from Breitbart and Bannon allies - repeatedly deflected questions on NBC's Meet the Pressabout whether he could work with Bannon in the White House.

When Anthony Scaramucci began his brief, ill-fated turn as White House Communications Director, he repeatedly professed his "love" for Donald Trump. I'm accountable for the mistake. One person died when a vehicle plowed into a crowd. While some places require both parties to consent to being recorded, Washignton, D.C., where Lizza received the call, does not.

"With the moral authority of the presidency", Scaramucci added, "you have to call that stuff out".

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