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Mooch's first round disappoints: Anthony Scaramucci off to a rocky start on the Sunday shows

Trump's newly chosen communications director made a splash defending the president — but not in a good way


Jeremy Binckes
July 24, 2017 12:56PM (UTC)

President Donald Trump's new communications director is off to a rough start.

The Goldman Sachs alum and Trump supporter, who took over for the resigning Sean Spicer on Friday, has had to deal with a few minor bumps in the road. Immediately after the announcement of his appointment to the White House communications director post was made, media outlets were quick to note that Scaramucci called Trump a "hack" in 2015 — something that "The Mooch," as he's known, noted during his press conference Friday. On Saturday, Scaramucci also announced that he was deleting old tweets critical of Donald Trump; he called it "full transparency."

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On Sunday, Scaramucci undermined his boss twice during appearances on the morning talk shows.

Scaramucci went on CNN, where he defended Trump to "State of the Union" host Jake Tapper. Scaramucci kept doubting the intelligence agencies' conclusion that Russia was behind the hacking of DNC email servers and the email account of a Hillary Clinton aide.

“There’s a lot of disinformation out there,”  Scaramucci said. “Somebody said to me yesterday — I won’t tell you who — that if the Russians actually hacked this situation and spilled out those emails, you would have never seen it, you would have never had any evidence of them.”

When Tapper pressed Scaramucci on who his anonymous source was, the communications director admitted that it was the president himself.

“How about it was the president, Jake,” Scaramucci replied. “I talked to him yesterday, he called me from Air Force One, and he basically said to me, ‘Hey you know, maybe they did it, maybe they didn’t do it.’”

Meanwhile, on "Fox News Sunday," Scaramucci undermined Trump's personal lawyer in real time.

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As Jay Sekulow was telling "This Week" that pardons "are not on the table,"  Scaramucci was saying the exact opposite:

I’m in the Oval Office with the president last week and we were talking about [pardons]. He says he brought that up, but he doesn’t have to be pardoned, there’s nobody around him that has to be pardoned. He was just making the statement about the power of the pardon.

A very Trump-ian thing to do.


Jeremy Binckes

Jeremy Binckes is the senior news editor at Salon.com.

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