Scaramucci: Obama holdovers are responsible for leaks

New White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci on Wednesday blamed holdovers from the Obama administration for a series of damaging leaks that have rocked the White House in recent months.

Speaking on Fox News, Scaramucci said that “political holdovers” from the Obama White House “aren’t helping,” and hinted that more staff changes could be on the way.

“Listen, we have to crack down on leaks on a number of different fronts,” Scaramucci told “Fox and Friends.”

{mosads}”There seems to be some holdovers, political holdovers from the Obama administration that are not helping,” he added.

“I certainly have the full responsibility in the comms shop, which I do believe will be corrected shortly.”

Scaramucci cautioned viewers to remember that it’s impossible for him to reach a point of absolutely no leaks, but pledged to clean up the White House press office.

“People are suggesting I’m going to try to get the leaks down to zero, that is absolutely impossible in Washington, I’m learning a little about this town, but what I do want to have happen is people who report to me, if there are senior people in the administration trying to get them to leak information on each other, we’re getting that to stop right now.”


D.C. is the kind of town, the Wall Street financier said, where people are “very nice to your face” but then stab you in the back. 

“I’m more of a front-stabbing person,” he said.

On Tuesday, Scaramucci blasted “leaks” of his planned firing of White House press aide Michael Short, despite himself personally telling a news outlet of his plans. Scaramucci added that he would “fire everybody” in the White House press office to stop the damaging leaks.

“I’m going to fire everybody, that’s how I’m going to do it,” Scaramucci said on Tuesday, adding that he “a thousand percent” has the authority from President Trump to do so.


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