Washington (CNN)Anthony Scaramucci, a former White House communications director who has frequently defended President Donald Trump on television, said Monday he no longer supports Trump's reelection bid and that the top of the 2020 Republican presidential ticket may need to be replaced.
Scaramucci fired back at the president's dig in an interview Sunday with Axios, in which he compared the situation within the Republican party to a popular miniseries about a nuclear disaster.
"Well, I'm calling for it to be considered, yes", the former White House communications director said when asked if he supported such a move.
"I think the President was basically asking some of the questions that we saw millions of Americans probably asking themselves, whether it be on social media or just even in their own private conversations, about the very odd circumstances around this person's death", he said.
The back-and-forth followed what Scaramucci termed "arguably one of the worst weeks" of Trump's presidency.
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"Sound and reasonably minded men and women in the Republican party will say wait a minute, we can't do this".
Trump didn't specify what inspired his criticism, but Scaramucci has been very critical of Trump's recent trip to El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, to meet with survivors of last weekend's mass shootings. He said Scaramucci would "do anything" to "come back in" to the White House.
"He said: "So look, the President didn't do well on the trip", the former aide said".
"Maybe he'll tweet something negative about somebody for saying he didn't do well, but the facts are he did not do well on the trip because if the trip is being made about him and not the demonstration of compassion and love and caring and empathy for those people", Scaramucci said.
"Let's face it, he's gone off the rails and so we just have to call it for what it is", he said.