Trump has 'emboldened' Scaramucci to attack Kelly on TV: report

Trump has 'emboldened' Scaramucci to attack Kelly on TV: report
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President TrumpDonald TrumpRealClearPolitics reporter says Freedom Caucus shows how much GOP changed under Trump Jake Ellzey defeats Trump-backed candidate in Texas House runoff DOJ declines to back Mo Brooks's defense against Swalwell's Capitol riot lawsuit MORE has allowed former White House communications director Anthony ScaramucciAnthony ScaramucciWant to evaluate Donald Trump's judgment? Listen to Donald Trump Political editor Steve Scully leaving C-SPAN Influential Republicans detail call to reform party, threaten to form new one MORE to continue his recent spate of attacks on chief of staff John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE, CNN reported Tuesday.

A source told the network that Trump has not discouraged Scaramucci from going on the offensive against Kelly, whom Scaramucci has criticized in a series of recent interviews over various White House personnel decisions.

Scaramucci has been critical of Kelly for his handling of domestic abuse allegations against former White House staff secretary Rob Porter. Kelly initially defended Porter after allegations he physically abused his ex-wives were made public. Scaramucci called on Kelly to resign following the incident.


Last week, the Wall Street financier and former Trump aide continued his attacks on the chief of staff, dubbing him “General Jackass” and blaming him for poor morale within the White House.

“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.

The White House said last week that Scaramucci was blocked from entering the complex without special approval from top officials.

Scaramucci lasted 10 days as communications director last summer, but was ousted by Kelly after he made scathing and obscene comments to a reporter about then-senior White House officials Reince PriebusReinhold (Reince) Richard PriebusEx-Sen. Cory Gardner joins lobbying firm Democrats claim vindication, GOP cries witch hunt as McGahn finally testifies Biden's is not a leaky ship of state — not yet MORE and Stephen Bannon.

Trump on Tuesday insisted that "everybody" wants to work in his administration despite reports of a chaotic environment and a series of recent high-profile departures.

White House communications director Hope HicksHope HicksUPDATED: McEnany, Fox News talks on pause Trump selects Hicks, Bondi, Grenell and other allies for positions Trump lawyer Jenna Ellis tests positive for coronavirus MORE, communications official Josh Raffel and chief economic adviser Gary Cohn have all announced their resignations in the last week.