White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci said late Thursday it was “a mistake” to trust a reporter following an explosive New Yorker article published just hours earlier.
“I made a mistake in trusting in a reporter,” Scaramucci tweeted. “It won’t happen again.”
I made a mistake in trusting in a reporter. It won't happen again.— Anthony Scaramucci (@Anthony Scaramucci) 1501203059.0
In the article by New Yorker’s Ryan Lizza, Scaramucci is quoted as calling Reince Priebus “a f***ing paranoid schizophrenic, a paranoiac,” blaming the White House chief of staff for the continual leaks coming from the West Wing.
“They’ll all be fired by me,” Scaramucci told Lizza of the communications staff. “I fired one guy the other day. I have three to four people I’ll fire tomorrow. I’ll get to the person who leaked that to you. Reince Priebus — if you want to leak something — he’ll be asked to resign very shortly.”
Scaramucci also slammed White House chief strategist Steve Bannon as an attention seeker. “I’m not Steve Bannon, I’m not trying to suck my own c***,” he remarked.
It should be noted that Lizza made clear in his article that it was Scaramucci who reached out to him and “did not ask for the conversation to be off the record or on background.”
Then, during an appearance Friday morning on CNN’s “New Day,” Lizza said Scaramucci told him during their phone call that he understood the conversation was “100 percent on the record.”
A conversation with Anthony Scaramucci... https://t.co/7TY64NfAWu— Ryan Lizza (@Ryan Lizza) 1501189134.0
“We had a conversation yesterday where we both agreed that the conversation was 100 percent on the record,” Lizza said. “We were in agreement, we had a conversation and that conversation was recorded as well. There is no ambiguity about this.”
Fox News anchor Sean Hannity, a staunch defender of President Donald Trump’s administration, contradicted Lizza on Thursday night, claiming to have been told by Scaramucci that he thought the conversation “was off the record.”
Hannity also used the opportunity to praise Scaramucci for speaking out boldly against leaks coming from the White House.
“Anthony Scaramucci rightly is trying to put an end to it,” Hannity said. “I don’t know who’s leaking in the White House. I’ve no idea but I hope it ends.”