The former White House communications director who served less than two weeks and was fired by President Donald J. Trump’s administration after giving a profanity-laced interview to a reporter at New Yorker Magazine, says the Washington establishment is working to “eject” the populist president they despise.
In an interview Sunday with ABC’s This Week, Anthony Scaramucci — a.k.a. “Mooch” — was sitting for his first interview since being ousted following the New Yorker interview. He made it clear that “elements” in the nation’s capital had an agenda to get rid of a duly-elected president whose “America first” and “drain the swamp” agendas have them fearful and angry, The Washington Free Beacon reported.
Scaramucci told host George Stephanopoulos that there are competing elements within the White House, and noted that there are some people working in the West Wing who are afraid to be truthful and honest with the president. He also talked about the continuing problem of information leaks.
Stephanopoulos said he believed Scaramucci had walked into a “hornet’s nest” of a sort when he signed on with the Trump administration, the Washington Free Beacon noted further.
“The president is not a representative of the political establishment class, and so for whatever reason, people have made a decision that they want to eject him,” Scaramucci said. “It’s almost like he’s opened up the door now for America’s CEOs and America’s billionaires to enter the Washington political system. The members of that political class do not like that.”
That seems a rather odd observation, given the political influence that American CEOs and billionaires have wielded in the nation’s capital for decades as donors. But taking their money is one thing; actually having CEOs and billionaires take an active role in governing the nation seems to be a step too far for the political establishment.
After he took the job, Scaramucci vowed to fire all White House leakers, claiming he had a mandate to do so, and intimated he answered directly to the president, not then-chief of staff Reince Priebus.
“[W]e have to get the leaks stopped. If we don’t get them stopped… I’m a businessperson so I will take dramatic action to stop those leaks. … If the leaks don’t stop I’m going to pare down the staff because it’s just not right…. Something is going on inside the White House that the president does not like. We will fix it,” he told Fox News’ Chris Wallace.
Later, in an interview with John Dickerson of CBS News, The Mooch was asked how he was going to deal with the leakers.
“They’re going to get fired,” he said. “I’m just going to make it very, very clear, okay? Tomorrow I’m going to have a staff meeting. And it’s going to be a very binary thing. I’m not going to make any prejudgments about anybody on that staff. If they want to stay on the staff, they’re going to stop leaking.”
Stephanopoulos asked Scaramucci in his interview whether he believed that Trump was battling “an enemy within the White House.”
“I think that there are elements inside of Washington, also inclusive in the White House, that are not necessarily abetting the president’s interests or his agenda,” said the former communications director. “I absolutely believe that, yes.” (Related: After Scaramucci fired the first leaker, he said Obama ‘holdovers’ are where most leaks were coming from.)
Stephanopoulos wanted Mooch to “name names.”
“Well, I named some names,” he responded. “There’s been some strategic changes, and my guess is there will be more strategic changes. I think the president’s getting his arms around the fact that if he wants to prosecute his agenda, he’s got to bring in loyalists to him.”
The Free Beacon reported further:
Shortly before Scaramucci’s dismissal, White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, who opposed Scaramucci’s appointment, was forced out of his post and replaced by Gen. John Kelly. Press Secretary Sean Spicer resigned upon Scaramucci’s appointment, reportedly in protest.
Scaramucci waved off the idea that he was a “suicide bomber,” instead comparing himself to the “Wolf” from the movie Pulp Fiction, a character who cleans up messy situations.
Trump had another rough week following the Charlottesville melee after he blamed both Right- and Left-wing extremist groups for showing up to commit violence. But some political observers believe he is finally getting on his feet and moving the right people into the right positions.
J.D. Heyes is a senior writer for NaturalNews.com and NewsTarget.com, as well as editor of The National Sentinel.