Scaramucci on firing: 'What happened was sort of meant to happen'

Scaramucci on firing: 'What happened was sort of meant to happen'

The former White House staffer's comments come at the same time Trump's daughter Ivanka took to social media to condemn the racist violence that saw one man driver a vehicle into a crowd of people.

"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", he said while suggesting that Bannon may be one of the "leakers undermining [the president's] agenda".

Scaramucci spoke to ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos on ABC News' "This Week" Sunday in his first television interview since his whirlwind 11-day stint in the White House. The president's gonna to do what he wants to do, how he wants to do it. "He's got to move more into the mainstream", Scaramucci said. Scaramucci said Trump should have more directly blamed white nationalists.

"He has to move away from that sort of "Bannon-bart" nonsense", Scaramucci said, apparently combining Bannon's name with Breitbart, the website that Bannon ran before joining Trump's campaign a year ago. "I think he would have needed to have been much harsher".

After clashes broke out between white supremacists and protesters in the university town, the president condemned "hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides" during a live address but stopped short of denouncing the far-right.

"He's not a racist but I think that there's no need to go in that direction when you have this phenomenal legislative agenda", Scaramucci said in a Facebook Live interview with ABC later Sunday morning.

Scaramucci said the president can't be told what to do, but said those around him should "give him direct advice" and "be blunt with him".

Scaramucci then applauded national security adviser H.R. McMaster for acknowledging as terrorism the fatal attack at the "Unite the Right" rally.