Memo highlights friction within White House National Security Council

Memo highlights friction within White House National Security Council

Anthony Scaramucci, in his first interview since his fleeting tenure as President Donald Trump's communications director, said that his former boss should have been "much harsher with regards to white supremacy", when speaking about this weekend's Charlottesville clashes.

Mr Scaramucci, who was removed as communications director last month after just 10 days on the job, told ABC there are "elements" within the White House trying to "eject" Mr Trump, according to the BBC.

When asked by Stephanopoulos if that influence stemmed from Bannon, Scaramucci said, "I think the president knows what he's going to do with Steve Bannon". "I think [Trump] needed to be much harsher as it related to white supremacists". "Whether it's domestic or worldwide terrorism, with the moral authority of the presidency, you have to call that stuff out".

The rally in Charlottesville was organized by far-right nationalists on Saturday as a protest against the removal of a monument to Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.

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Trump has come under intense criticism for his response to clashes between white nationalist groups ― including members of neo-Nazi and KKK groups ― and counter-protesters, which came to a head Saturday when a 20-year-old OH man allegedly plowed his vehicle into a group of anti-racist demonstrators, killing a 32-year-old woman and injuring at least 19 others.

"You're not going change the president", Scaramucci said.

Trump has long decried leaks of sensitive information to media, such as specifics of his Oval Office conversations with world leaders earlier this year, as well as details surrounding the palace intrigue around the White House. "The president has a very good idea of the people who are undermining his agenda that are serving their own interests", Scaramucci added. His hiring led to the departures of both Sean Spicer and Reince Priebus, Mr Trump's former press secretary and Chief of Staff, respectively. I think at the end of the day; the president knows who the leakers are.

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