Anthony Scaramucci tells Stephen Colbert on The Late Show: I would have sacked Steve Bannon

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Anthony Scaramucci, who was fired by Donald Trump after a brief tenure as his communications director, has said he would sack chief strategist Steve Bannon if it was up to him.

The former Wall Street financier, who was sacked by the US president less than two weeks into the job, appeared on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert last night.

He reiterated that he thinks former chief of staff Reince Priebus and Mr Bannon were leaking information from the White House and said he would sack the latter.

“If it was up to me, he would be gone. But it’s not up to me,” he said.

The spin doctor was dumped days after making an expletive-laden and offensive rant against senior White House staff.

He told the US talk show host he does not think he was stabbed in the back and said he knew his tenure could not last long.

“When you take a job like that, Stephen, you know your expiration date is coming. I didn’t think I was going to last too long but I thought I’d last longer than, like, a carton of milk,” he said.

Mr Scaramucci, 53, said Mr Trump was responsible for failing to initially condemn white supremacists for violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, in which one woman was killed.

Colbert had warned censors to be ready when he announced his guest but it was the host’s words that required bleeping out when he quoted Mr Scaramucci’s words about Mr Bannon.

Mr Scaramucci made a string of controversial comments to a journalist from the New Yorker magazine.

The doomed spin doctor called Mr Priebus a “paranoid schizophrenic” and made derogatory comments about Mr Bannon.

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