New Trump Hire Anthony Scaramucci Goes Off on Epic Rant to Reporter
New Yorker correspondent Ryan Lizza says Scaramucci never asked for the conversation to be off the record.
Newly hired White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci has some choice words to say about chief strategist Steve Bannon and White House chief of staff Reince Priebus.
In a scathing interview with New Yorker correspondent Ryan Lizza, he apparently demanded to know the source of Lizza's tweet mentioning that Scaramucci was having dinner with President Donald Trump, former Fox News executive Bill Shine and Fox News commentator Sean Hannity. Lizza says Scaramucci never asked for the conversation to be off the record.
After wanting to know who "leaked" the information on the dinner to Lizza, Scaramucci offered some possibilities, in particular Priebus. As Lizza describes it, "He was getting more and more worked up, and he eventually convinced himself that Priebus was my source."
Scaramucci then says, "I’ll get to the person who leaked that to you. Reince Priebus — if you want to leak something — he’ll be asked to resign very shortly." He also goes on to call Priebus "a fucking paranoid schizophrenic, a paranoiac."
The chief of staff was not the only one to draw ire from Scaramucci, who called out Bannon for seeking media attention. “I’m not Steve Bannon, I’m not trying to suck my own cock,” he said, adding, "I’m not trying to build my own brand off the fucking strength of the President. I’m here to serve the country.”
The conversation occurred Wednesday before Lizza appeared on CNN to discuss the overnight drama, during which Scaramucci himself called into the show and referenced their discussion over the phone.
After the news broke Thursday, Scaramucci tweeted, "I sometimes use colorful language. I will refrain in this arena but not give up the passionate fight for @realDonaldTrump's agenda."
He followed that up with another tweet later in the day that read, "I made a mistake in trusting in a reporter. It won't happen again."
6:00 p.m.: Updated with Scaramucci's tweets.