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.
Kelly is said to be holding daily meetings with top White House aides throughout the president's working vacation in Bedminster.
"I wouldn't have recommended that statement", Scaramucci said after Trump criticised violence "on many sides" but failed to clearly condemn the white nationalist side.
Trump, Scaramucci said, "likes doing the opposite of what the media thinks he should do". "It's actually terrorism and whether it's domestic or global terrorism, with the moral authority of the presidency, you have to call that stuff out", Scaramucci in the air of ABC. Todd then asked, "Do you believe Steve Bannon does that?" "It was given a platform by Steve Bannon at Breitbart News and the Trump administration needs to remove from the federal government anyone who has had any association with this so-called alt-right movement".
"He has to moved away from that sort of Bannon-bart nonsense", Scaramucci added.
In what is being considered a dodge of the question of whether he can work with White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster refused to single out Bannon - or even mention by name - in an appearance Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press". It's his decision. But I mean, at the end of the day, I think the president has a very good idea of who the leakers are inside the White House. It's not serving the president's interests. "I think the president knows what he's going to do with Steve Bannon".
He said that he thought that the phone call was off the record, and called it a "very deceitful thing" for Lizza to publish his quotes.