Scaramucci Hits Trump For ‘War on the Media’: Attacks on Press Are ‘Not Good For America’
While Anthony Scaramucci has spent the majority of his post-White House life stumping for Donald Trump, the 11-day administration veteran hitthe president for his war on the media — saying the feud is “not good for America.”
In light of Trump lashing out at the media — specifically, the New York Times‘ White House-whisperer Maggie Haberman who he recently called a “Hillary flunky” — Scaramucci offered the president some unsolicited advice ” if he’s watching the program”:
“When he’s tweeting at journalists, as an example, I would tell him, ‘Hey, let’s not do that.’ I think that we made a very big mistake early on in the administration when Steve Bannon declared war on the media. I thought that was a very bad idea — I didn’t agree with it at all. It’s okay to disagree with the media. It’s okay to take issue, but I’m a very big believer in the fourth estate. I understand the documents that were written by our founders. It is super important to have a First Amendment right and it is super important to check people, Kasie, that are in power.”
The Mooch went on to take credit for putting cameras back “in the press room” when he became communications director, because he believes it is “very, very important for people who are in power to be held accountable.”
“Let’s not be at war, it’s not good for America,” Scaramucci said. “I don’t think it’s good for him personally and it’s not good for the presidency. So, that stuff I would really caution him on and give him advise not to do.”
However, he did defend Trump’s “smash mouth talking,” as he was recently criticized for joking about becoming president for life and joking at the idea of acting “presidential.”
At one point, Scaramucci used the term “fake news” when describing some negative coverage leveled at the president, but his quip on the media was not taken well by MSNBC’s Kasie Hunt.
“We don’t use fake news on this show,” shot back Hunt to Scaramucci, who switched to using the term “inaccurate news.”
Watch above, via MSNBC.
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