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In an expletive-laden ranting interview Anthony Scaramucci accused other White House officials of courting media attention.
Talking about the US president’s chief strategist he said: “I’m not Steve Bannon, I’m not trying to suck my own c***”.
“I’m not trying to build my own brand off the f***ing strength of the President. I’m here to serve the country,” he said.
He also hit out over a report on US website Politico about his financial disclosure form, claiming that it had been leaked and that it was a “felony”
“I’ve called the F.B.I. and the Department of Justice,” he said.
The shocking quotes:
On White House leaks:
“And as you know from the Italian expression: The fish stinks from the head down. But I can tell you two fish that don’t stink, and that’s me and the President.”
“Those are the types of leaks that are so treasonous that 150 years ago, people would have actually been hung for those types of leaks.”
“What I’m going to do is, I will eliminate everyone in the comms team and we’ll start over. I’m going to fire every one of them.”
On chief of staff:
“When I said we were brothers from the podium, that’s because we’re rough on each other. Some brothers are like Cain and Abel. Other brothers can fight with each other and get along.”
“If Reince wants to explain he’s not a leaker, let him do that. But let me tell you about myself. I’m a straight shooter and I’ll go right to the heart of the matter.”
Reince is a f****** paranoid schizophrenic, a paranoiac.”
“I’m not Steve Bannon, I’m not trying to suck my own c***. I’m not trying to build my own brand off the f****** strength of the President. I’m here to serve the country.”
“The swamp will not defeat him.”
Talking about himself in the third person, he added: “The swamp will not defeat him. They’re trying to resist me, but it’s not going to work.
“I’ve done nothing wrong on my financial disclosures, so they’re going to have to go f*** themselves.”
He later called CNN and vowed to sack any White House staff who leaked information to the press and made no attempt to hide his distrust of chief of staff Reince Priebus.
In the interviews, Mr Scaramucci laid bare the power struggle in the White House as members of staff jostle for President Trump’s favour.
Not even a week into his new job, Mr Scaramucci accused unidentified senior officials of trying to sabotage him and committing an offence by leaking information.
“From the Italian expression: The fish stinks from the head down,” he said. “I can tell you two fish that don’t stink, and that’s me and the president.”
In the New Yorker interview, Mr Scaramucci accused Mr Priebus of being a “f***ing paranoid schizophrenic” and White House chief strategist Steve Bannon of trying to burnish his own reputation.
The debacle began when Politico published a story about Mr Scaramucci profiting from the sale of his hedge fund SkyBridge Capital.
The information was obtained through a public records request but the furious PR chief accused unidentified sources of leaking the forms to the press.
He tweeted: “In light of the leak of my financial disclosure info which is a felony. I will be contacting @FBI and the @TheJusticeDept” and copied in Mr Priebus – leading many to assume he was directing the accusations at the chief of staff.
Mr Scaramucci later deleted that tweet and said he had mentioned Mr Priebus only to show that all senior leaders were taking leaks seriously.
During the interview, he said “all” White House staff caught leaking information “will be fired by me”, adding: “Reince Priebus – if you want to leak something – he’ll be asked to resign very shortly.”
Mr Scaramucci compared his relationship with Mr Priebus as being like brothers who are “rough on each other”, invoking Cain and Abel.
“I don’t know if this is repairable or not – that will be up to the president,” Mr Scaramucci said on air.
The bad blood stems from Mr Scaramucci’s view that Mr Priebus was insufficiently supportive of Mr Trump at the end of the election campaign and his belief that Mr Priebus persuaded the president to keep him out of the White House in January.
His arrival in the West Wing last Friday marked the first in a series of falling dominoes that seemed to be leading towards Mr Priebus.
Press secretary Sean Spicer, a close ally of Mr Priebus, resigned last week and Mr Scaramucci forced out another communications aide close to Mr Priebus.
But by the end of the day, Mr Scaramucci sounded calmer, though not regretful.
“I sometimes use colourful language. I will refrain in this arena but not give up the passionate fight for @realDonaldTrump’s agenda. £MAGA [Make America Great Again] ,” he tweeted.
Echoing the style of his new boss, Mr Scaramucci blamed the New Yorker reporter, Ryan Lizza, saying: “I made a mistake in trusting in a reporter. It won’t happen again.”
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said he “used some colourful language that I don’t anticipate he’ll do again.”
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