Anthony Scaramucci, the former White House communications director who held his position for no longer than two weeks last summer, denied accusations that President Donald Trump is a racist, and he said he just swears often.
The president allegedly described Haiti and African nations as “s**thole countries” in an Oval Office meeting with lawmakers Thursday, The Washington Post reported.
Scaramucci, writing on Twitter on Friday afternoon, turned the matter into a discussion on vulgarity rather than presidential decorum and the broader implications of Trump's remarks, stating, “Apparently [Trump] and I are the only two people that use a few curse words here and there.” He added: “Certainly journalists don't talk that way. Who knew lived in such a puritanical society!”
.@potus is not a racist. He is far from it. Perhaps the least racist. Apparently he and I are the only two people that use a few curse words here and there. Certainly journalists don’t talk that way. Who knew lived in such a puritanical society!
— Anthony Scaramucci (@Scaramucci) January 12, 2018
Trump's comments have drawn rebuke on the international stage and from both sides domestically, with House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) calling them “very unfortunate” and “unhelpful.” Democrats have generally been more outspoken in their criticisms, with Hillary Clinton lamenting Trump's “ignorant, racist” views.
Trump previously came under fire after a report in December claimed he said Haitians “all have AIDS” during a June Oval Office meeting. The New York Times report cited six officials who were in the room and were briefed on the meeting.
Scaramucci, for his part, is no stranger to the type of language employed by the president.
In July he spoke by phone to New Yorker reporter Ryan Lizza on a variety of topics, unknowingly not off-the-record. He described then-chief of staff Reince Priebus as a “f**king paranoid schizophrenic,” later blurting out, “I'm not Steve Bannon, I'm not trying to suck my own c**k.”