Scaramucci: Trump 'needed to be much harsher' with Charlottesville remarks

The former White House communications director comments on the president's statement in the wake of the deadly protests.
2:25 | 08/13/17

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Transcript for Scaramucci: Trump 'needed to be much harsher' with Charlottesville remarks
I have to start with the president's statement you can yesterday if you White House communications director yesterday would you advice he gives a statement. Well I wouldn't of recommended that statement I think he needed to be much harsher as a related to the white supremacists in the nature of that I I I applaud general McMaster. For calling it out for what it is is actually terrorism and whether it's domestic or international terrorism. With the moral authority of the presidency you have to call that's the question is why didn't the president do that you know him well well I I think Alex mentioned one of the reasons why doesn't like doing that he likes doing the opposite of what the media think she's gonna do I think he's also of the impression that there is feature on all sides. Our but I I disagree with it and so. But here's the thing whether I was the White House communications director or not I don't think you're gonna change the president the presence gonna do what he wants to do how he wants to do it but I think it's important for the people around him George. To give them direct advice to be blunt with him I think he respects bluntness and who respects candor and I certainly would have never. Bob suggested doing that but is there anyone in the White House right now this is what you just make no mistake there. I I think people are probably reluctant to tell him the true that I make media Lanka would devalue saw her tweet this morning maybe Jared would do that. But you also got this sort of banning pork influence in the air which I think is a snag on the president if the president really wants to you. Execute that legislative agenda that I think is so promising for the American people the lower middle class people in the middle class people. Then he has to move away from that sort of ban import noncitizens can't embrace parts he had an idea that that the whole thing is nonsensical it's not serving the president's interest. He's got to move more to the mainstream he's got to be more into where the moderates or in the independence or George. That love the president and so he does that go a very successful legislative agenda that'll be able to execute. And he doesn't do that you're gonna see this inertia or you can see this resistance from more of the establishment senators that he needs to curry favor been tough on Steve Bennett does he have to go. Why think the president knows who's gonna do receive which is what. While its leading up to the president's his decision. But I community at the end of the day nominee the president has a very good idea of who believers are inside the White House the president has a very good idea of the people that are. Undermining his agenda that are serving their own interest they include Steve Bannon. Well you know again eat look I mean you don't where we're not on a not a phone call and a taped phone call and so war on live television and so I would prefer to let the president. Make the decisions that the president needs to me.

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