Scaramucci: Trump 'needed to be much harsher' on white supremacists


Speaking to ABC News for the first time since being sacked earlier this month, Mr Scaramucci predicted "more strategic changes" to the current administration so the President can align himself with loyalists. "I think the president knows what he's going to do with Steve Bannon".

Scaramucci also weighed in on Trump's response to the violence that besieged Charlottesville, Va. on Saturday, telling Stephanopoulos that he would have pushed the President to use stronger words in condemning the neo-Nazis and other demonstrators.

"I wouldn't have recommended that statement", Scaramucci said of Trump's comments on Saturday, which were widely criticized for not singling out white supremacists to the point where the White House amended them later Sunday morning.

Scaramucci's interview Sunday came two weeks after his firing. "I think he would have needed to have been much harsher".

The former Wall Steet tycoon was pushed out following a profanity-laced phone call with New Yorker reporter Ryan Lizza which he said was "mischaracterized".

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

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During the call, he called former chief of staff Reince Priebus a "f--ing paranoid schizophrenic".

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

"He has to move away from that sort of "Bannon-bart" nonsense", Scaramucci said, apparently combining Bannon's name with Breitbart, the website that Bannon ran before joining Trump's campaign previous year.

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".

DONALD Trump has been slammed by his former press chief for not condemning white supremacists at a far-right rally that left one woman dead.