Scaramucci: White House morale is ‘terrible’

Former White House communications director Anthony ScaramucciAnthony ScaramucciWhite House race to replace Hope Hicks has two lead contenders The Hill's 12:30 Report Scaramucci signs book deal on 'The Blue Collar President': report MORE on Thursday predicted more staffers will leave the Trump administration because morale is “terrible” under chief of staff John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE.

“The morale’s terrible, and the reason why the morale is terrible is that the rule by fear and intimidation does not work in a civilian environment,” Scaramucci said on CNN’s “New Day.”

“And so here we are. It’s messed up; it’ll be up to the president to figure out if he wants to fix it or not,” he continued.

Hope HicksHope Charlotte HicksWhite House race to replace Hope Hicks has two lead contenders Hicks almost left WH months before she announced her resignation: report Kelly tells White House staff no more personnel changes coming MORE, the current communications director and one of President TrumpDonald John TrumpPoll: Both parties need to do more on drug prices Senate approves .3 trillion spending bill, sending to Trump White House: Trump will delay steel tariffs for EU, six countries MORE’s closest aides, said Wednesday she will resign, effective in the next few weeks.

News of her departure came one day after deputy communications director Josh Raffel announced he would leave the White House.

Ex-staff secretary Rob Porter resigned last month after allegations he abused his two ex-wives became public. Kelly drew criticism when he stood by Porter despite the accusations.

In addition, dozens of White House staffers in recent days had their security clearances downgraded from “top secret” to “secret” as part of a new policy laid out by Kelly. Among those affected was the president’s son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerThe Daily Show jokes Trump’s new legal counsel is a TV Mueller investigates, Peters quits Fox, White House leaks abound Trump lawyer John Dowd resigns MORE

Scaramucci, who was fired by Kelly after 11 days in the communications director role, said his criticism did not stem from a personal grudge against the chief of staff. Scaramucci was ousted last summer after a reporter published disparaging comments he made about then-staffers Stephen Bannon and Reince PriebusReinhold (Reince) Richard PriebusTrump considered ousting Kelly and serving as his own chief of staff: report Bannon: If Kelly leaves White House, Trump won't replace him Dem introduces bill to protect White House whistleblowers MORE.

“I talked a little bit of smack about two guys that we were trying to get rid of, he fires me in five seconds,” Scaramucci said. “These guys are smacking up their wives and he’s trying to figure out a way to keep them inside the White House. So it’s very dishonest, to me.”