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If there wasn't evidence of turmoil in the White House before, there appears to be some degree of it now.
White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci made headlines on Thursday for comments he made about White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and Senior Advisor Steve Bannon.
The New Yorker's Ryan Lizza interviewed Scaramucci about leakers in the White House. The exchange that followed is nothing short of explosive.
It reads, in part:
“They’ll all be fired by me,” he said. “I fired one guy the other day. I have three to four people I’ll fire tomorrow. 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.”
The issue, he said, was that he believed Priebus had been worried about the dinner because he hadn’t been invited. “Reince is a f**king paranoid schizophrenic, a paranoiac,” Scaramucci said.
He channelled Priebus as he spoke: “‘Oh, Bill Shine is coming in. Let me leak the f**king thing and see if I can cock-block these people the way I cock-blocked Scaramucci for six months.’” (Priebus did not respond to a request for comment.)
Scaramucci also said that he doesn't care about having a spotlight in the media. To emphasize his point, he reportedly said, “I’m not Steve Bannon, I’m not trying to suck my own c**k. I’m not trying to build my own brand off the f**king strength of the President. I’m here to serve the country.”
Still, Scaramucci insists that there isn't any real tension between him and Priebus.
He also followed up with a tweet defending his use of “colorful” language:
He later followed up that tweet with another cryptic message, suggesting he may not have meant his remarks to be on the record.
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