14 Aug 2017

Scaramucci: White House plotters seeking Trump exit

8:12 am on 14 August 2017

Fired White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci says there are people in Washington working against President Donald Trump.

Anthony Scaramucci.

Anthony Scaramucci was sacked as White House communications director after 10 days. Photo: AFP

Mr Scaramucci has spoke to ABC News in his first interview since he was sacked last month.

He was ousted after just 10 days as spokesman after the release of a phone recording in which he launched a strongly worded attack on White House chief of staff Reince Priebus and directed profanity-laced insults at chief strategist Steve Bannon. Mr Scaramucci said he had thought the interview was off the record.

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

"What happens in Washington ... is the president is not a representative of the political establishment class, so for whatever reason the people have made a decision that they want to eject him.

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

When asked to identify the individuals, he said he had already "named some names" and strategic changes were in place.

However, he said the president needed to bring in "more loyalists" in order to carry out his agenda.

The Wall Street financier criticised the influence of Mr Bannon and the right-wing Breitbart News website that he was the driving force behind.

The "Bannon-bart influence" in the White House was a "snag" on the president, he said.

"I think the president knows what he's going to do with Steve Bannon."

Mr Scaramucci admitted he "absolutely" made mistakes but said, "I went in there with my heart and soul."


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