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Trump should have been 'much harsher' with Charlottesville statement, Scaramucci says

14 August 2017

Anthony Scaramucci criticized Donald Trump's response to the violent clashes in Charlottesville, Va. - and suggested more changes may be coming to the USA president's staff - in his first interview since being fired.

The stories have been driven by Breitbart News, where Bannon was executive chairman before joining Trump's presidential campaign as chief executive in August.

US President Donald Trump's communications director, Anthony Scaramucci, is leaving the job after little over a week, the White House said on Monday, in the latest staff upheaval to hit the Republican's six-month-old presidency. "You want to go into the political arena, let's do it", Nunberg said.

Scaramucci was sacked after just 11 days on the job.

Update: Appearing on a Facebook Live conversation with ABC News' Rick Klein, Scaramucci talked further about Bannon and whether he should have a role at the White House.

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The Trump administration has been plagued by leaks from within the White House, including accounts of Mr Trump's meeting with foreign leaders and diplomats.

Scaramucci tried to explain Trump's thinking.

"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", he added.

When Stephanopoulos said it appeared to him that the president was drawing moral equivalence between the white supremacists who started the rally and the counter-protesters, McMaster disagreed.

While many questions were on the lighter side - he explained he wore women's sunglasses because they look good on his face shape, and expressed his love for Fruit Loops - he also spoke regretfully about his White House exit.

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"People are not going to like me saying this", he continued, "there are elements of the alt-right that I think have actually been quite beneficial".

Bannon's ties to Breitbart have remained an ongoing source of controversy, but his allies in the White House told Politico that the president should think twice before banishing Bannon from the administration altogether. "I had already beaten all the senators and all the governors, and I didn't know Steve".

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

"I get to work together with a broad range of talented people", McMaster said.

Vanita Gupta, the Leadership Conference's president and CEO, said on a conference call with reporters to discuss her group's demands that supporters of white supremacists "should not serve in the White House or in any level of government".

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The Mooch stuck by his insistence that he thought the interview was off the record and "was a very deceitful thing", but repeatedly said he is "accountable" for his own actions.