Scaramucci: Priebus is a ‘paranoid schizophrenic,’ will be asked to resign

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White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci unloaded on chief of staff Reince Priebus, accusing him of leaking details of a private dinner with President Trump and claiming he will be asked to resign. 

“Reince is a f—— paranoid schizophrenic, a paranoiac,” Scaramucci told New Yorker writer Ryan Lizza in a Wednesday phone call. 

{mosads}“They’ll all be fired by me,” he said of the White House communications staff. “I fired one guy the other day. I have three to four people I’ll fire tomorrow. I’ll get to the person who leaked that to you. Reince Priebus — if you want to leak something — he’ll be asked to resign very shortly.”

Scaramucci was angry that Lizza found out he planned to dine with Trump, Fox News host Sean Hannity and former Fox News executive Bill Shine at the White House. He believed that Priebus, whom he has feuded with for months, was the one who told Lizza about it. 

Mimicking Priebus, Scaramucci tells Lizza: “ ‘Oh, Bill Shine is coming in. Let me leak the f—— thing and see if I can cock-block these people the way I cock-blocked Scaramucci for six months.’ ” 

Priebus did not respond to the New Yorker’s request for comment. 

In a tweet after the story published, Scaramucci declined to apologize to his colleagues. He did suggest he would quit using profanity publicly in his new role. 

“I sometimes use colorful language. I will refrain in this arena but not give up the passionate fight for @realDonaldTrump’s agenda.  #MAGA” he wrote.


“He’s very passionate about the president — the president’s agenda, and I think he may have let that get the best of him in that conversation,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said during an interview with Fox News.

Scaramucci is pouring gasoline on the fire of his feud with Priebus, which has piqued speculation that the brash former hedge fund manager is gunning for his job. 

Scaramucci has portrayed himself as a close confidant of the president who has a better understanding of his agenda and style than Priebus and others who came from the world of Washington. 

Earlier Thursday, Scaramucci insinuated Trump’s top aide was behind the “leak” of his financial disclosure forms, which were not leaked. He also forced out a member of the White House press shop who worked with Priebus at the Republican National Committee. 

Scaramucci directed his profane tirade at other members of the White House staff, whom he said were only in their posts for media attention and notoriety.

“I’m not Steve Bannon, I’m not trying to suck my own cock,” he said of the chief strategist who rarely appears on television. “I’m not trying to build my own brand off the f—— strength of the President. I’m here to serve the country.”

Bannon declined to comment to The New Yorker. 

Priebus and Bannon were vehemently opposed to Scaramucci’s hire, which was announced last Friday. Both men have reportedly tried to keep the Wall Street financier off the White House staff ever since the transition. 

But Scaramucci trained most of his ire on Priebus, with whom he has clashed ever since their days as Republican National Committee chairman and GOP donor respectively. 

He vented his anger that Politico reported on his financial disclosure forms, which were obtained through a routine records request to the Export-Import Bank, where he worked before being hired at the White House. 

Scaramucci insisted to Lizza that Priebus leaked the document, which he called a “felony.” He also confirmed that a now-deleted Wednesday night tweet blasting the so-called leak was directed at Priebus. 

“Yeah, let me go, though, because I’ve gotta start tweeting some shit to make this guy crazy,” he said. 

The tweet, which read, “In light of the leak of my financial info which is a felony. I will be contacting @FBI and the @TheJusticeDept #swamp @Reince45,” posted minutes later. 

Scaramucci said after the tweet was deleted that reports that he was going after Priebus were “wrong.” 

His latest comments have shattered any pretense that the two men have a functional relationship. 

When he was hired on Friday, Scaramucci and Priebus sought to portray a united front. The chief of staff said he was behind the hiring “100 percent” and the new communications chief called him “a dear friend” and said they “are a little bit like brothers.”

But Scaramucci offered a much darker version of that analogy in a Thursday morning interview on CNN, likening their relationship to that of the biblical brothers Cain and Abel. In the book of Genesis, Cain murdered Abel and then lied about his actions to God. 

“If you want to talk about the chief of staff, we have had odds, we have had differences,” he said. “When I said we were brothers from the podium, that’s because we’re rough on each other. Some brothers are like Cain and Abel. Other brothers can fight with each other and get along. I don’t know if this is repairable or not. That will be up to the president.”

Updated 7:37 p.m.  

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