Trump advisers signal the knives are out for Bannon

  • Trump advisers signal the knives are out for Bannon

Trump advisers signal the knives are out for Bannon

US President Donald Trump failed to condemn "domestic terrorism" in the deadly aftermath of a white nationalist protest in Charlottesville, Virginia, says former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci.

"I think there are elements inside of Washington, also inclusive in the White House, that are not necessarily abetting the President's interests or his agenda".

"I wouldn't have given that statement", Scaramucci told Stephanopoulos. "I think he would have needed to have been much harsher".

"And whether it's domestic or global terrorism, with the moral authority of the presidency you have to call that stuff out", he said.

A former Wall Street financier, Mr Scaramucci was sacked from his job at the end of a chaotic 10 days which started with White House press secretary Steve Spicer resigning.

When discussing the influences that he thinks are impacting Trump, Scaramucci urged the president to take a more mainstream approach in order to sell his agenda. "This hate and division must stop, and it must stop now".

Scaramucci offered no details, but added, "I think the president has a very good idea of who the leakers are inside the White House".

The Wall Street financier criticised the influence of Mr Bannon and the right-wing Breitbart News website that he was the driving force behind. And he insisted that Trump has to "move away from that sort of "Bannonbart" nonsense". "The president has a very good idea of the people who are undermining his agenda that are serving their own interests", Scaramucci added.

He's referring to Trump's comment following a brutal attack that left one dead and nearly 20 injured at a white supremacist rally Saturday.

In a brief speech at his resort in Bedminster, N.J., Trump condemned "hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides".

"The whole thing is nonsensical", Scaramucci said.

"We must all come together as Americans - and be one country UNITED".

During the interview, his first sitdown TV interview since he left the White House after 10 days on the job, Scaramucci also told ABC he believed chief strategist Steve Bannon was one of the White House's biggest problems.

His firing came after an expletive-laden interview with the New Yorker in which he strongly attacked then-White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus.

"He likes doing the opposite of what the media thinks he's going to do", Scaramucci said. "I want to be totally accountable for what I did, and obviously I paid the consequences of having that sort of conversation with him".