Scaramucci criticizes Trump's reaction to Charlottesville violence

Scaramucci on Trump Charlottesville statement The president “needed to be much harsher”

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Fired former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci criticized President Donald Trump on Sunday for not clearly condemning the display of violence from white nationalists at a Saturday rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, that left at least three dead and 35 more injured.

Anthony Scaramucci sat down Sunday morning for his first interview since his chaotic and brief stint with the Trump administration.

Scaramucci also weighed in on Trump's response to the violence that besieged Charlottesville, Va. on Saturday, telling Stephanopoulos that he would have pushed the President to use stronger words in condemning the neo-Nazis and other demonstrators.

The former White House staffer's comments come at the same time Trump's daughter Ivanka took to social media to condemn the racist violence that saw one man driver a auto into a crowd of people. I think he needed to be much harsher as it related to white supremacists and the nature of [the rally]. "I'm here to serve the country", he told Ryan Lizza, a reporter for The New Yorker.

"It was going to be very hard for me to stay in the job, given the fact the Gen. Kelly took over and so I respect Gen. Kelly", he added to White House chief of staff John Kelly.

Trump named Kelly chief of staff late last month when he also announced former chief of staff Reince Priebus was stepping down.

Kelly faces a White House that's been plagued by leaks and controversies.

The ex-aide was speaking on the ABC News show This Week when he was asked by host George Stephanopoulos about the statement the USA president gave yesterday in which he condemned the violence but not neo-nazis specifically.

Scaramucci said he "wouldn't have recommended that statement". But I think it's important for the people around him, George, to give him direct advice, to be blunt with him.

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