Scaramucci slams reporter who recorded Bannon, Priebus tirade: 'Very bad actor'

Scaramucci slams reporter who recorded Bannon, Priebus tirade: 'Very bad actor'
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Former White House communications director Anthony ScaramucciAnthony ScaramucciWill Republicans continue to engage in willful blindness? Scaramucci: Trump sees Bloomberg as threat Scaramucci: Trump will be gone by March 2020 MORE slammed The New Yorker Washington correspondent Ryan Lizza on Monday, calling the reporter a "very bad actor."

In a podcast interview with former New York morning talk show host Craig Carton, Scarmucci said he has known Lizza's family for years and "made a mistake of trusting the guy."

“The Lizza and Scaramucci families have lived on Long Island and have known each other for 50 years,” Scaramucci said. “And I made a mistake of trusting the guy, and I shouldn’t have.”

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“There are relationship people, and there are transactional people," he added. "He got me on a phone. It was recorded. I didn’t realize it was being recorded."

The comments from Scaramucci come more than four months after he went on a profanity-laced tirade during an interview with Lizza that resulted in Scaramucci's resignation from his role as White House communications director after just ten days.

The former financier's targets included then-White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon and then-chief of staff Reince Priebus.

“I’m not Steve Bannon, I’m not trying to suck my own c--k,” Scaramucci, 53, said of Bannon. “I’m not trying to build my own brand off the f---ing strength of the President. I’m here to serve the country.”

He also accused Priebus of leaking stories to the press while referring to him as "a f---ing paranoid schizophrenic, a paranoiac."

After the interview went viral, Lizza said Scaramucci needed to learn how to better deal with the press. 

“I think he needs to learn a little bit about what it means to be communications director and how to interact with reporters," Lizza said July 28 on CNN, where he is also a contributor.

“This guy’s obviously a very bad actor,” Scaramucci told Carton on Monday. “Karma’s a bitch. It’ll come back and bite him. You’ll see.

“You’re a transactional guy,” he added, addressing Lizza. “And you’re gonna have a transactional, miserable life."

Carton, 48, was arrested on federal fraud charges in September for allegedly running a Ponzi scheme involving tickets to big events and was fired soon thereafter from WFAN-AM, a popular sports talk radio station in New York.