White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci said Thursday that he and White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus are like “brothers” — but the example Scaramucci gave didn’t do much to squelch widespread reporting of intense administration infighting.
Scaramucci made the ominous comparison on CNN’s “New Day,” just hours after he seemingly accused Priebus on Twitter of a “felony,” and then later deleted the tweet. The tweet led many to believe that Scaramucci blamed Priebus for “leaking” his publicly available financial disclosures.
“In light of the leak of my financial disclosure info which is a felony. I will be contacting @FBI and @TheJusticeDept,” Scaramucci tweeted.
Scaramucci later deleted the tweet, and issued a separate tweet in which he attempted to clarify what he meant.
“Tweet was public notice to leakers that all Sr Adm officials are helping to end illegal leaks,” the new White House communications director wrote.
— Anthony Scaramucci (@Scaramucci) July 27, 2017
The incident highlighted the reported ongoing infighting between the D.C. Republican establishment wing of the Trump White House and the New York Republican wing.
Priebus reportedly opposed Trump bringing on Scaramucci as White House communications director, a move over which Sean Spicer resigned as White House press secretary.
Spicer’s abrupt resignation led many observers to openly wonder how long Priebus would remain in his current role.
Scaramucci appeared on CNN’s “New Day” Thursday morning to respond to allegations of infighting but seemed to only make matters worse.
“Now, if you want to talk about the chief of staff, we have had odds, we have had differences,” Scaramucci said. “
“When I said we were brothers from the podium, that’s because we’re rough on each other,” the Scaramucci added, referring to a statement he made late last week in which he told reporters that he and Priebus were “a little bit like brothers where we rough each other up once in a while.”
“But,” Scaramucci insisted, “he’s a dear friend.”
On Thursday, Scaramucci recalled the comparison he made last week, and gave a more specific example that raised some eyebrows.
“Some brothers are like Cain and Abel,” Scaramucci said, referring to the Biblical story, which ended with Cain killing Abel.
Scaramucci on his relationship with Reince: “Some brothers are like Cain and Abel.” Uh, Cain killed Abel. https://t.co/UQ8F9HiXLx
— Dan Merica (@danmericaCNN) July 27, 2017
Scaramucci continued by saying that he doesn’t know if his current relationship with Priebus is “repairable.”
“That will be up to the president,” Scaramucci said.