Open warfare erupts within the White House, as Donald Trump’s new communications director Anthony Scaramucci attacks senior Washington officials in a scathing rant published in The New Yorker. Matthew Larotonda reports.
WASHINGTON D.C., UNITED STATES (REUTERS/ CBS/ INTERNET/ DC POOL/ WHITEHOUSE.GOV/ SOCIAL MEDIA WEBSITE) –
Shots fired from Donald Trump’s inner circle.
As the president’s new communications director Anthony Scaramucci laid into senior White House staff in a New Yorker article laced with profanity.
A key target of his verbal attack – Trump’s chief of staff Reince Priebus who officials say tried to block Scaramucci from getting a job in the White House.
Scaramucci called him “a f…….g paranoid schizophrenic” saying he suspects Priebus of leaking information.
The Chief of Staff hasn’t responded to the New Yorker Account but his close friend US house speaker Paul Ryan was asked about the simmering feud between Priebus and Scaramucci earlier on Thursday.
“If those two gentlemen have differences, my advice would be to sit down and settle your differences. Reince is doing a fantastic job at the White House – and I believe he has the president’s confidence.”
Not everyone shares that view.
Scaramucci’s scathing remarks fueling speculation among Washington insiders that Priebus could be on his way out
When asked if the president has confidence in his chief of staff – the white House spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Thursday wouldn’t say:
SOT – “we serve at the pleasure of the president”
Also in the crosshairs in Thursday’s article – Steve Bannon.
Scaramucci slammed Trump’s chief strategist for wanting too much media attention and trying to build his own brand quote “off the f……g strength of the president”.
Once the article was published – Scaramucci tweeted that he may be prone to colorful language but he wouldn’t give up the fight for Trump’s agenda.
He also took a pop at Ryan Lizza the journalist who wrote the article based on a phone call with Scaramucci the day before, tweeting “I made a mistake in trusting a reporter. It won’t happen again.”
Bannon and Priebus had no comment.