Anthony Scaramucci, the newly named White House communications director, answered questions on Friday about critical remarks he made about Donald Trump during a 2015 appearance on the Fox Business Network.
When asked on Fox Business Network’s “Mornings with Maria” about Trump’s campaign for president in 2015, Scaramucci, who was then backing former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, called him a “hack” and “bully.”
“[Trump is] a hack politician,” Scaramucci said. “He’s a hack politician. He’s probably going to make [Democratic Party Sen.] Elizabeth Warren his vice-presidential nominee.”
“And you know what? The politicians don’t want to go at Trump because he’s got a big mouth and he’s afraid he’s going to light him [sic] up on Fox News and all these other places, but I’m not a politician,” Scaramucci added. “Bring it. You’re an inherited-money dude from Queens County. Bring it, Donald.”
On Friday, Scaramucci was asked by the press about his 2015 comments, to which Scaramucci responded by calling it a mistake he regrets.
“[Trump] brings it up every 15 seconds, ok?” Scaramucci said jokingly. “One of the biggest mistakes that I made is that I was an unexperienced person in the world of politics. I was supporting another candidate. I should have never said that about him. So, Mr. president, if you’re listening, I personally apologize for the 50th time for saying that.”
“But here’s the wonderful thing about the news media,” Scaramucci said. “That was three minutes of my life. He’s never forgotten it, and you’ve never forgotten it. But I hope someday, Mr. president, you will forget it.”
Scaramucci, 53, is native of Long Island, New York. He worked for Goldman Sachs prior to founding SkyBridge Capital, a highly successful investment firm. Scaramucci also worked as the senior vice president and chief strategy officer at the Ex-Im Bank, a co-chair of Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign and co-chair of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s 2016 presidential campaign.
It is believed Scaramucci’s appointment directly led to White House press secretary Sean Spicer’s resignation on Friday.