Scaramucci says Trump lies 'because he thinks it's fun'


Former White House communications director Anthony ScaramucciAnthony ScaramucciScaramucci compares Trump to Jonestown cult leader: 'It's like a hostage crisis inside the White House' Scaramucci calls on GOP to save country from Trump 'depredations' The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump tries to reassure voters on economy MORE on Friday said President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Hill's Campaign Report: Democratic field begins to shrink ahead of critical stretch To ward off recession, Trump should keep his mouth and smartphone shut Trump: 'Who is our bigger enemy,' Fed chief or Chinese leader? MORE lies "because he thinks it's fun."

“He does it because he thinks it’s fun and he also does it because he likes the fact that you guys are talking about it," the former White House official said in an appearance on CNN.


"There’s a very large group of people inside of our population that when he does it and the media talks about it, they laugh,” he added. 

He said he has told the president that he doesn’t need to lie.

“By and large, he’s done a great job. Why do you have to tell lies?” 


Trump's opponents have regularly criticized him for false statements. 

Scaramucci had a brief and tumultuous tenure in the White House. He was ousted after serving for just 10 days after he made insulting comments to a reporter about former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon and former chief of staff Reince PriebusReinhold (Reince) Richard PriebusTrump blasts Scaramucci as 'incapable' Trump taps Sean Spicer to join Naval Academy board of visitors Trump's no racist — he's an equal opportunity offender MORE.