One-on-one with former White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci

Anthony Scaramucci speaks to George Stephanopoulos in his first television interview after his whirlwind 11-day stint in the White House.
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Transcript for One-on-one with former White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci
We'll have you back later. More on this now from Anthony scaramucci. If all had gone as planned, he would have been advising the president yesterday. Instead, he was out after just 11 days on the job. Here's what I will tell you, okay. I love the president. We're going to stop the leaks. If we don't stop the leaks, I'm going stop you. It's that simple. I'm Wall Street guy. I'm more of a front-stabbing person. I would rather tell people directly how I feel. Reince wants to explain that he's not a leaker let him do that. Reince is a Paranoid schizophrenic. Putting Anthony scaramucci in that job was like throwing a grenade in an ongoing civil war in the white house. Tonight, president trump announced reince Priebus is out. This is an ABC news special report. ABC news has learned that Anthony scaramucci, the white house communications director who just started ten days ago is now leaving. And Anthony scaramucci is right here, right now. Thank you for coming on "In week." First interview since you left the white house. I have to start with the president's statement yet. If you were white house quhun occasions director yesterday, would you have advised that statement? I think he needed to be much harsher relating to the white supremacists. I applaud general Mcmaster for calling it out for what it is. It's terrorism. You have to call that stuff out. Why didn't the president do that? You know him well. I think Alex mentioned one of the reasons he doesn't like doing that, he likes doing the opposite of what the media thinks he's going to do. I think he's of the impression there is hatred on all sides. I disagree with it. Here's the thing. Whether I was the white house communicationings director or not, you're not going change the president. He's going to do what he wants to do, how he wants to do it. It's important for the people around him, George, to give him direct advice. To be blunt with him. I think he respects bluntness and candor. And I certainly would have never suggested him doing that. Is there anyone in the white house who said, boy, you just made a real mistake there? I think people are probably reluctant to tell him the truth. Maybe ivanka would do that. Maybe Jared. You have this sort of bannon-bart influence in there that is a snag on the president. If he wants to execute the legislative agenda that I think is so promising for the American people, the lower and middle class people, he has to move away from the bannon-bart -- You mean Bannon and Breitbart? Yes. He has to be where the moderates and independents are that love the president. If he does that, he'll have a successful legislative agenda that he can execute. If he doesn't do that, you'll see inertia. You have been tough on Steve Bannon, does he have to go? I think the president knows what he's going to do. Which is what? Let's leave it up to the president. I think at the end of the day, the president knows who are the leakers. The people undermining his agenda that are serving their own interests. Do they include Steve Bannon? We're not on a phone call, a taped phone call. We're on live television, I would prefer to let the president make the decisions the pet needs to make. You mentioned the taped phone call. Let's show everybody what you said. I'm not Steve Bannon. I'm not trying to . I'm not trying to build my own brand off the Of the president. And reince is Paranoid schizophrenic. Pair noi yak. What is he going to do. Maybe bill shine's coming in, let me leak bhp blp and see if I can These the way I Scaramucci. The mooch showed up the a week ago. This is going to get cleaned up very shortly. Okay. Cause I nailed these guys. I got digital finger prints. ? What such things? Oh, well, the felony. They're going to get prosecuted, probably on that. Okay. Yeah. The lie detector -- That was your conversation with Ryan lizza of "The new Yorker". Which, forthe record, I thought was off the record. But you didn't ask for that. That was a very deceitful thing that he did. He knows based on my prior relationship. Lot of reporters tape phone calls. George, I dimt say I didn't do the wrong thing. I paid the consequences of having that sort of conversation. You know and I know, there are personal relationships. Howie mentioned it on media buzz last week. He said he didn't have a personal relationship with you before meeting you in the green room earlier this year. That's a little bit of a stretch. We had conversations. His family knew my family for 50 years. That's past news. I made a mistake. I'm accountable for it. I paid the consequences of that mistake. I was honorably dismissed. I took it. A lot of reports said the president's nirl reaction wasn't that harsh. Was amused by it and liked a lot of it. I have to let the president speak for that. There were probably one or two people that wanted me in that job. The president being one of them. And probably 200 people that didn't want me in that job. You know Washington as well as I do. The odds were stacked against me in the job. And so, there were leaks and a repetitive process to try to dislodge me. I made an unforced error. That made it easy to dismiss me. I accept it. What I did was wrong. We have to move on. The agenda the American people want is middle class and lower income tax relief. They want to see their wages grow. I think the president stands for that. We have to put all of ourselves, below that agenda, that agenda supersedes everybody else. You were close to the president. Did he call you to let you know? I talked to the president this week. There is probably mutual disapointment on both sides. I have to be accountable for what I did. Do you think you deserve to be fired? I wish I would have been given a bar of soap to wash my out out if the bathroom and move on. It was going to be hard to stay in the job given that general Kelly took over. I respect him. My feeling about the whole thing is that -- what happens was sort of meant to happen. A couple of things in that phone call I want to follow up on. The digital finger frints from the FBI and doj. That was totally misconstrued. Did you mag it up? No, all I was trying to say is that in the process, and I think attorney general sessions said this. He displayed it in his press briefings. Over time, if the leaking continued, particularly the leaking -- You didn't have digital fingerprints? No, no, no. I was implying at some point, the department of justice would be able to find the leakers doing things against the law. You have not received anything. That would have been felony from the person that gave it to you. No, no, no. I didn't receive anything. I thought that was an off-the-record conversation with somebody. It turned out it wasn't. I own it. Let's move on. You talked about vice president pence. His bringing in Nick aers to run his operation. You told Ryan Nick is there to protect the vp because the vp can't believe what the "F" is going on. That's also been misconstrued. You have to remember what Ryan did with the article. He wrote the article like I was unhinged, overly emotional, bombastic. When you hear the tape, it's a very nor nal mall conversation. The words were mischaracterized in the original article. He's mischaracterizing again. He's not misquoting you? No. He's mischaracterizing. There's a lot of difference between the cup of substance and style. The way we're talking right now is how I was talking to him. I thought it was off of him. What did you mean about the vice president can't believe what the "F" is going on? What I meant is that he needed -- my opinion, he needed to fortify himself with somebody as talented as Nick aers so that the vice president is an extremely loyal guy. I'm a huge fan of the vice president. I wasn't recommending there was a breach or any daylight between the president and the vice president. I'm a huge supporter of vice president pence and Nick ayers. Nick ayers is a very strong political player. He'll be in there to protect the vice president. The vice president wants to stay loyal to the agenda and the president's family. Nick is a strategist that will help him do that. Nothing more than that. Sounds like you think this white house is something of a hornet's necessarst. You talk about leakers. People in the white house to protect the country from president trump. Who did you have in mind there? I think, listen. You could disagree. I think what happens in Washington, this is any general observation is that the president is not a representative of the political establishment class. For whatever reason, people have made a decision they want to eject him. It's like he's opened up the door for America's CEOs and billionaires to enter the Washington political system. The members of that political class don't like it. It's not just an opening for president trump. It could be for Mark Zuckerberg or a Bob iger. There are people not bettinging the president's interests or agenda. Name names. Well, I named some names. There have been some strategic changes. I think the president is is getting his arms around the fact that if he's going to prosecute his agenda, he has to bring in loyalists to him. A different strategy. You have seven months, he's done a tremendous amount. I think he's done way better as president in terms of progress than has opinion prominently displayed. One of my heart breaks was I couldn't communicate that to the American people. Reince Priebus is out. Sean spicer spou R is out. People have characterized you as a suicide bomber. I saw it more as Mr. Wolf from "Pulp fiction." I was probably running too hard and acting more like a corporate CEO than I was say a political operative. That is my mistake. I have to own that. Listen. I have embraced the agenda. I grew up in a middle class family. A working class neighborhood. I see the economic desperation and struggle of those people. The president has appropriately identified that. The reason he won the Prez den is si is that he wants his general do da to include and lift up those people. I went in there with my heart and soul. I'm a straight-talking person. Did I make mistakes? Absolutely. But I enjoy being a straight-up guy today and in the future. One of the things you advised president trump against was firing Robert Mueller. The Mueller invest dpags now a threat to the white house. He's reaching sba the white house for interviews with current and former white house staffers. I predict he won't find anything related to president trump or his family relating to the Russia situation. Was it a hard sell to convince him not to fire Robert Mueller? No. I don't think he has any intention of firing Robert Mueller the. When you were talking to him about, he was musing. You said you advised him against it. I don't think so. I think he's just -- one of the things the American people like about president trump, he's an open book. I think the Twitter experience has exposed that. He has an open book heart of his sleeve nature. I don't think he wants to fire Robert Mueller. He's confident Robert Mueller is not going to find anything related to him or his family or his inner circle. He said it wasn't the Russians. If they did, we wouldn't have known about it. I think people saw the president this week refuse to criticize Vladimir Putin. He was tougher on Mitch Mcconnell and that Vladimir put Putin. They saw him not call out the white supremacists yesterday. Why does he ve fuse to call out Vladimir Putin? Again this is my observation. I think the president's attitude is he wants to have a good relationship with Vladimir Putin. A real reset to him would be to make the relationship friendlier, less hostile, find common interests. I think those are his instincts. It will go in a positive way. It sounds like he's making excuses. I don't see it that way. I see it as a strong CEO now the American president making counterintuitive decisions that may not be liked by the members of the media but may be in the best interests of the people of the United States. I think with senator Mcconnell, it's a different story there. He's trying to say to the senator, we have to all get on side. We have to row the boat direction Nally in the same way. We want to get huge legislative victories. The health care reform. The tax relief. Tax reform is another example. We have to row the bout direction ar directionally in the same way. It's like a football coach talking to one of the the players on the team. The president can be a tough coach at times. The Republicans should be happy he's on their team because this guy's a winner. Anthony scaramucci, thank you for your time. He'll take your questions on our Facebook page.

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