Scaramucci on Trump Charlottesville statement: The president "needed to be much harsher"

Scaramucci on Trump Charlottesville statement: The president

Anthony Scaramucci's tenure as Donald Trump's White House communications director was quite brief, but it still gave him a strong sense of the firm grip that white supremacist ideology has on this administration.

"I wouldn't have recommended that statement [in response to Charlottesville]", Scaramucci said. "I think he would have needed to have been much harsher as it relates to the supremacists". "It's actually terrorism. Whether it's domestic or global terrorism, with the moral authority of the presidency, you have to call that stuff out".

The former White House staffer also weighed in on what Trump needs to do to sell his legislative agenda to Americans, urging a more mainstream approach. Earlier Saturday, white supremacists waved Confederate flags and ones with swastikas, and a number of counter-protesters gathered in opposition.

Since his remarks Saturday, Trump has remained silent on the chaos that gripped Charlottesville over the weekend, which left three dead and dozens injured after white supremacists and counterprotesters clashed in the streets. "I think he's also of the impression that there's hatred on all sides, but I disagree with it", he said.

The "taped phone call" jibe seemed directed both at New Yorker writer Ryan Lizza and himself for the expletive-filled interview that led to Scaramucci's White House firing.

Prior to John Kelly, H.R. McMaster appeared to be alone in attempting to establish the procedural norms of the NSC before, demoting Steve Bannon "out" of the council.

"People are not going to like me saying this", he continued, "there are elements of the alt-right that I think have actually been quite beneficial".

They hate him for benefiting from Russia's campaign interference at their expense; they regard obstructionism as payback for the GOP's posture towards Obama and as a likely path to electoral success; and they see Trump as ineffably tainted by his "Bannon-bart" campaign a year ago no matter how hard he tries to scrub it off now.

Before becoming Trump's campaign chief last summer, Bannon ran the conservative news site Breitbart, which he called "the platform for the alt-right". 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".

In his interview on Sunday he said there were "elements" within the White House trying to eject Mr Trump.

"That whole thing is nonsensical. And I certainly would have never suggested him doing that", he said.

'The president is not a representative of the political establish-ment class, so people have made the decision that they want to eject him.