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Scaramucci says Trump 'needed to be much harsher' on white supremacists

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During his first televised interview since his dismissal from the White House, Scaramucci talked to ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos about the bombastic phone call that he had with New Yorker reporter Ryan Lizza, during which he criticized a number of his then-colleagues, including then-chief of staff Reince Priebus and chief strategist Steve Bannon. "I think [Trump] needed to be much harsher as it related to white supremacists".

The former White House communications chief lauded Trump's national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, who had told ABC the events in Charlottesville were "a criminal act against fellow Americans", calling it "terrorism".

He said that if he was still working in the White House, he would not have recommended Trump make the statement he did. I think he's also of the impression that there is hatred on all sides, but I disagree with it.

"You're not going change the president", Scaramucci said. The president is going to do what he wants to do, how he wants to do it. "There were probably 200 people that didn't want me in that job".

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His firing capped a tumultuous period within the Trump White House. "Maybe Ivanka would do that ... maybe Jared [Kushner] would do that", he said.

SCARAMUCCI: Let's leave it up to the president.

Scaramucci said during the interview that he accepts that what he did was wrong, but emphasized that people need to move on and focus on the president's agenda.

STEPHANOPOULOS: You have been tough on Steve Bannon, does he have to go?

Asked if that included Bannon, Scaramucci said "well yeah", before saying, "I would prefer to let the president make the decisions the president needs to make".

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