Chief of Staff Kelly Reviewing White House Changes

Scaramucci Trump'needed to be much harsher on white supremacists

CNN Video Former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci

US President Donald Trump should have been "harsher" in his statement on the violent clashes between far-right activists and counter-protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia and call things by their proper names, former White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci said Sunday.

While President Donald Trump's national security adviser Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster and the National Security Council are trying to provide guidance about North Korea, they are also facing attacks from outside and from within the White House. But to Scaramucci ― a Wall Street financier who served less than two weeks in his White House post last month ― the president's response was textbook Trump. "I think he's of the impression there is hatred on all sides".

"This is what General Kelly will learn very quickly, which is when you put this guy in a cage and think you're controlling him, things like this happen", said one Trump confidant, who requested anonymity to speak candidly. The president is going to do what he wants to do, how he wants to do it. Maybe Ivanka would do that. If the president really wants to execute that legislative agenda that I think is so promising for the American people, the lower-middle-class people and the middle-class people, then he has to move away from that sort of Bannon-bart nonsense, if you will.

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STEPHANOPOULOS: You have been tough on Steve Bannon, does he have to go?

SCARAMUCCI: Let's leave it up to the president.

Kelly faces a White House that's been plagued by leaks and controversies. He said that he thinks "the president knows what he is going to do with Steve Bannon", adding that Trump "has an idea of who the leakers are".

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