New White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci threatened a massive White House purge in a profanity-laced interview with The New Yorker on Wednesday night.
Scaramucci opened up to New Yorker reporter Ryan Lizza about the White House chief of staff, Reince Priebus, saying “he’ll be asked to resign very shortly” after becoming upset over alleged leaks and threatened that virtually everyone in White House communications is potentially subject to “all be fired by me.”
Scaramucci called Lizza on Wednesday night after apparently becoming angered by a tweet from the reporter earlier in the day. The tweet said that a “senior White House official” said Scaramucci was having dinner at the White House with President Trump, first lady Melania Trump, Sean Hannity and former Fox News executive Bill Shine.
“Who leaked that to you?” Scaramucci asked. Lizza would not reveal his source prompting Scaramucci to threaten, “What I’m going to do is, I will eliminate everyone in the comms team and we’ll start over,” he said. “I ask these guys not to leak anything and they can’t help themselves. You’re an American citizen, this is a major catastrophe for the American country. So I’m asking you as an American patriot to give me a sense of who leaked it.”
Priebus’ fate has been the subject of speculation since the appointment of Scaramucci.
According to Fox Business’ Charlie Gasparino, Priebus’ future may be decided very soon and it may not be good for the chief of staff. Or it may be great for him depending on how you look at it.
“Everybody is saying he’s gone,” Gasparino said of Priebus.
“The $10 million book deal is clearly waiting for him on what it’s like to work in the Trump White House.”
After praising the economic prowess of Scaramucci, Gasparino explained why he was not a good fit for communications director or potentially, chief of staff.
“He’s volatile and careless when is comes to stuff like this,” Gasparino said of Scaramucci. “He says things that are insane sometimes.”
On the prospect of Scaramucci taking over for Priebus, Gasparino said, “I don’t think, if he became chief of staff, people would work for him.”
Aside from Trump and maybe Kellyanne Conway, nobody likes Scaramucci’s often volatile behavior, according to Gasparino.
“When you got your communications director acting like Al Capone, you got a problem.”
Watch above, via Fox Business Network.
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