Scaramucci to Lemon: Trump 'doubling down' on downplaying virus 'should scare' viewers

Former White House communications director Anthony ScaramucciAnthony ScaramucciInfluential Republicans detail call to reform party, threaten to form new one Anthony Scaramucci joining CNBC as a contributor Biden doubles down on normal at White House MORE on Thursday told CNN’s Don LemonDon Carlton LemonClub for Growth bashes CNN in social media ad CNN ramps up streaming plans ahead of Discovery merger: report Second person arrested in assault of Jewish man near Times Square MORE that President TrumpDonald TrumpKushner lands book deal, slated for release in 2022 Biden moves to undo Trump trade legacy with EU deal Progressives rave over Harrison's start at DNC MORE “doubling down” on his admission to “downplaying” the threat of COVID-19 “should scare every one of your viewers.”

Scaramucci addressed Trump’s reaction to journalist Bob Woodward releasing audio tapes of interviews, one of which revealed Trump talking in March about downplaying the severity of the coronavirus pandemic. 

“He’s caught on tape, he’s basically telling you he has a callous disregard for the innocent lives of his fellow citizens,” Scaramucci said in an interview with Lemon. “He really only cares about himself and his political ambition.”

“You know what, I’m going to tell you something: It’s very scary,” Scaramucci added. “It should scare every one of your viewers.” 

The former White House official went on to say that he expects more information about Trump’s handling of the pandemic to be revealed when Woodward’s book, “Rage,” is officially released on Sept. 15. 

“When this book finally hits and there will be more allegations in the book and then there’s more stuff to come out next week, he’ll be in a dither spitting those lies,” Scaramucci said. “And this is the most dangerous time I can think of, because if he gets away with it, just imagine what he’ll be like in a second term.”

Scaramucci has become a vocal critic of Trump following the former communications official’s 10-day tenure in the White House in 2017, calling Trump’s personality ahead of the 2020 State of the Union “classic narcissism.” 


White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany on Wednesday denied that Trump deliberately misled the public. However, Trump later said while responding to questions from reporters on Wednesday that “perhaps” he misled the public about the threat of the virus in order to “reduce panic.” 

Despite this admission, Trump slammed Woodward on Thursday, questioning why the two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist would have withheld Trump’s comments if "they were so bad."

“Bob Woodward had my quotes for many months. If he thought they were so bad or dangerous, why didn’t he immediately report them in an effort to save lives?" Trump tweeted. "Didn’t he have an obligation to do so? No, because he knew they were good and proper answers. Calm, no panic!”