Former White House Communications Director, Anthony Scaramucci revealed that he believes Steve Bannon – Trump’s Chief Strategist – is responsible for “60%” of leaks.
Scaramucci, after only 10 days on the job, was fired over an incendiary interview he gave to Ryan LIzza, a reporter with the New Yorker. In his interview back in July, Scaramucci talked about how big of a problem leaking was to the White House and stated, “What I’m going to do is, I will eliminate everyone in the comms team and we’ll start over.”
In a recent interview, Scaramucci argued that former Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and Bannon both conspired as allies to get rid of him and, “were responsible for half of the personal attacks on other colleagues in the White House.”
“Priebus and Bannon were probably responsible for 60% of the leaking at the White House,” he said. “It was a Priebus leak that the Secret Service escorted me out when I was fired. But that’s not the case. The protocol is that you are escorted out by one of the White House personnel. That was done to try to hit me and make me look like I’d done something nefarious. That’s how they operate, from the shadows.”
Scaramucci further stated, “Going into the White House, Priebus and Bannon were very clear they did not want me there. Bannon specifically said that I had a ‘zero chance of being comms director’ and they were doing everything they could to get me out. You’ve got two people in very powerful positions — I think they are small people frankly — but they were in powerful positions, so I always knew it was going to be very tough for me.”
Reflecting on his now-famous interview with the New Yorker, in which he declared, “I’m not Steve Bannon. I’m not trying to suck my own c–k,” while branding Priebus, “a f–king paranoid schizophrenic, a paranoiac” he recalled the renewed force in which they tried to get him fired. “Bannon and Priebus were working even harder that weekend after the interview came out to get rid of me.”
During an interview on CBS’ “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” Scaramucci went even further, stating that, if it were up to him, Bannon would have been fired long ago, and added ruefully, “But it’s not up to me.”
Speaking about the most recent disaster in Charlottesville, Scaramucci attacked Trump over his response, “[Trump] said the ‘many sides’ thing … he should have been harsher … he should have condemned white supremacy and neo-Nazis.” However, it should be noted that Trump has continuously and repeatedly gone to great lengths to condemn all violence and hatred across America since the Charlottesville Disaster.