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Steve Bannon is hurting Trump's agenda, Scaramucci says

13 August 2017

A number of U.S. senators slammed the president for refusal to name far-right activists responsible for the violence, while former White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci recommended the president to be "harsher" in reaction to such events.

The former White House staffer's comments come at the same time Trump's daughter Ivanka took to social media to condemn the racist violence that saw one man driver a auto into a crowd of people.

"It's actually terrorism and whether it's domestic or worldwide terrorism, with the moral authority of the presidency, you have to call that stuff out", he said. I think he needed to be much harsher as it related to white supremacists and the nature of [the rally]. Scaramucci said Trump should have more directly blamed white nationalists.

Scaramucci was sacked soon after the New Yorker interview and as new Chief of Staff John Kelly took over.

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He also called on Trump to distance himself from top adviser Steve Bannon, the divisive former head of Breitbart News who Scaramucci argued was pulling Trump too far to the right and was "not serving the president's interest".

Trump named Kelly chief of staff late last month when he also announced former chief of staff Reince Priebus was stepping down.

When Kelly was sworn in, White House officials made it clear that all staff would report to Kelly.

"I wouldn't have given that statement", Scaramucci told Stephanopoulos.

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During an infamous phone call with a reporter, Scaramucci said: "I'm not Steve Bannon, I'm not going to suck my own cock".

Scaramucci said the president can't be told what to do, but said those around him should "give him direct advice" and "be blunt with him".

Trump's response was criticized by politicians on both sides of the aisle for failing to name white supremacist or alt-right groups involved in the protests.

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