Today, as he continued a media blitz promoting a new book about Trump, Scaramucci sought to backpedal. No, he said, Trump is not “a liar.” He’s “an intentional liar” who uses “a methodology of mistruth” with the aim of unsettling the mainstream media and the political left.
Former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci told CNN that President Trump “is a liar” and that he “should probably dial down the lying.”
Said Scaramucci: “OK, well we both know that he’s telling lies. So if you want me to say he’s a liar, I’m happy to say he’s a liar.”
The Guardian: “In a new book, short-lived White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci escalates multiple long-running battles with erstwhile Washington colleagues while chiseling a heroic likeness of Donald Trump with inside tales of the president’s secret wisdom and wit.”
“The list of characters Scaramucci trashes anew includes current chief of staff John Kelly, former chief of staff Reince Priebus and former chief strategist Steve Bannon.”
“Kelly is ‘ineffective’ and suffers from ‘personal insecurity,’ Scaramucci writes; Priebus is a rat; and Bannon is a hypocrite and a weirdo.”
“A television show featuring Michael Avenatti, the lawyer who is suing President Trump on behalf of a pornographic film actress, and the former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci was pitched to two cable networks in recent weeks,” the New York Times reports.
“The prominent television agent Jay Sures discussed with executives at CNN and MSNBC the concept of a program where the two men would square off.”
Former White House communication director Anthony Scaramucci has set a high standard for interesting interviews, but this lunchtime exchange with Edward Luce raises the bar.
Since I am at Scaramucci’s special booth, the staff is highly attentive. “I can tell this is going to be a bloody nightmare,” Scaramucci says as he strides in. He is dressed casually in green slacks and a dark sweater. Not at all, I protest. We will have a conversation and I will write it up. “Which part of England are you from?” Scaramucci asks me. Originally from near Brighton, I reply. “Are you gay?” he asks. Somewhat thrown by the question, I start to mumble that I am not but that some of my best friends are, and . . . “I don’t give a shit,” he interrupts. “I’m just curious. There are a lot of gays in Brighton, right?” I have little chance to weigh up Brighton’s sexual demographics before he interrupts again: “That’s something I get no credit for, by the way,” he says. “I have been for equal opportunity in gay marriage for the last 12 or 13 years.”
We haven’t even ordered, but I am already losing control over the conversation.
Anthony Scaramucci has signed a book deal for The Blue Collar President: How Trump Is Reinventing the Aspirational Working Class, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
The book will be published in September.
President Trump has emboldened Anthony Scaramucci to continue attacking White House chief of staff John Kelly during his cable news appearances, CNN reports.
“In multiple television segments, Scaramucci has faulted Kelly for the ‘terrible morale’ in the West Wing, at times referring to him as ‘General Jackass’ and suggesting he apologize for his handling of the Rob Porter resignation. According to this source, the President is aware of Scaramucci’s criticisms and has not discouraged him from making them.”
Anthony Scaramucci appeared on Dr. Phil with his wife, Deidre, and admitted that being fired as White House communications director is what saved his marriage.
Said Scaramucci: “I was neglectful, fighting with my wife. My children felt neglected. But once I was rejected from the White House, as painful and as humiliating as that was, it caused a major recentering of my priorities. It was an awakening for me.”
Anthony Scaramucci is on a list of people blocked from entering the White House without special approval, Bloomberg reports.
“A day after saying he wasn’t blocked, a White House official confirmed that Scaramucci is indeed among fired officials excluded from the campus. The acknowledgment came after the financier provided to Bloomberg News official White House correspondence that confirmed he was denied an appointment.”
“Does the president want to lose everyone because of General Jackass?”
— Anthony Scaramucci, quoted by Bloomberg, about White House chief of staff John Kelly and the “horrible” morale inside the White House.
“He’s lost the locker room. The morale in the White House, on a scale of 1-10, is minus 15. You cannot run the White House through fear and intimidation.”
— Anthony Scaramucci, quoted by Axios, calling for the ouster of White House chief of staff John Kelly.
Anthony Scaramucci gave a must-read interview to Vanity Fair in which he elaborated about his 10 days working in the Trump White House.
Said Scaramucci: “I want you to imagine the worst person that you’ve met on Wall Street, the most ruthless and the most diabolical. That’s the best person in Washington. That’s the Eagle Scout of Washington.”
On how White House chief of staff Reince Priebus — who he called “Rancid Penis” — promise to help him land a job: “He did say this because he’s a Washingtonian. That’s what they do to you, they say, ‘golly gee’ to your face and they act like Richie Cunningham to your face. They’re Richie Cunningham and they’re Opie from The Andy Griffith Show, but they’re the fucking Sith Lord behind your back. They’re hitting you with a lightsaber behind your back.”
On Steve Bannon: “I helped Bannon through the three months that he was on the campaign, and we had a good relationship. But Bannon turns on me, because Bannon is ultimately railing against the swamp, but he’s actually a cock of the swamp. He’s the creature from the Black Lagoon, Bannon. He acts more swamp-like than any person that’s ever become a Washingtonian. So for all of his railing on the swamp, he is literally the pig in George Orwell’s Animal Farm that stands on his two legs the minute he gets power.”
His final takeaway: “I learned that the swamp is probably a gold-plated cesspool with no drain. You understand what I’m saying? You can’t drain the fucking thing. It’s a gold-plated cesspool, and you got cesspool operators in there that know how to slow down disruptors like Donald Trump.”
“I think she does the best of her ability to tell the truth but also to protect the President, and so I think that there’s a fine line to draw between those two things.”
— Former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci, quoted by CNN, on White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
Business Insider: “In the months after getting ousted from the White House, Scaramucci sought a publisher to put out a book, which at one point was titled I Did It My Way, about his 10 days as Trump’s communications director. A proposal for the book that was circulated to several major publishers earlier this summer and shared with Business Insider promised a ‘tell-all’ to dish on his bizarre ouster from the White House as well as his ‘countless other interactions involving Sean Spicer, General McMaster, Sarah Huckabee and even the Vice President.’”
“But in a text message to Business Insider on Monday, Scaramucci … said he was no longer interested in publishing a book, saying he was not willing to write the kind of tell-all that would create buzz but damage his standing with the president and the White House.”
Anthony Scaramucci, the short-lived White House communications chief who was forced out after just 11 days on the job, told the Associated Press that he remains in close touch with the White House.
He said that although he has not spoken to President Trump in over a month, he talks to members of the president’s inner circle “regularly” and sees himself working with Trump again in the future.
“Sources tell Page Six exclusively that the shortest-ever-tenured White House communications director has been meeting with publishers about a planned tome that’s being repped by Trident Media Group… While the Mooch has previously penned finance books, a source tells us of the new project: ‘It’s about his time at the White House — all 10 days of it!’”