Scaramucci: I will never trust a reporter again

White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci said that he “made a mistake” in speaking with a reporter after The New Yorker published an explosive interview with him Thursday night.

“I made a mistake in trusting in a reporter. It won't happen again,” Scaramucci tweeted.

In the interview, Scaramucci railed against White House leaks and attacked White House chief of staff Reince Priebus, calling him "a f------ paranoid schizophrenic, a paranoiac."


“They’ll all be fired by me,” Scaramucci 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 also went after White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon, saying he was only in his job for media attention.

“I’m not Steve Bannon, I’m not trying to suck my own cock,” he said. “I’m not trying to build my own brand off the f------ strength of the President. I’m here to serve the country.”

After the interview was published, Scaramucci declined to apologize, saying he used “colorful language” and wouldn't “give up the passionate fight for [President Trump’s] agenda.”

Ryan Lizza, who wrote The New Yorker story, noted in the article that Scaramucci initiated a call with him Wednesday and "did not ask for the conversation to be off the record or on background." Lizza later indicated on TV that the call was also recorded.

In an interview with Fox News, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Scaramucci let his passion for Trump’s agenda "get the best of him" during the conversation with the New Yorker writer.

"This is a guy who sometimes uses colorful and — in many circles — probably not appropriate language," Sanders said of Scaramucci.

"And 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."