Scaramucci: Key Trump strength is 'reading people'

Former White House communications director Anthony ScaramucciAnthony ScaramucciThe five Trump communications directors who have come and gone White House spokeswoman leaving to join PR firm White House announces changes in press office MORE said Thursday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpJoint Chiefs chairman denies report that US is planning to keep 1K troops in Syria Kansas Department of Transportation calls Trump 'delusional communist' on Twitter Trump has privately voiced skepticism about driverless cars: report MORE has the "best emotional intelligence" when it comes to reading people. 

"You know he's not dumb, I know he's not dumb," Scaramucci said on ABC's "Good Morning America." "In fact, if anything, he's got probably the best emotional intelligence in terms of sizing and reading people, and he got Steve BannonStephen (Steve) Kevin BannonFilmmaker behind Bannon doc says the movie a 'damning portrayal' Avoiding the tragedy of Brexit Bannon predicts 2019 will be 'most vitriolic year' in US politics 'since before the Civil War' MORE right. And he basically declared that yesterday for everybody."

Scaramucci's comments came after Trump on Wednesday delivered a stinging rebuke of former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon, after excerpts from an upcoming book were made public in which Bannon was quoted speaking critically of the president and his family.

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In that book, "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House" by Michael Wolff, Bannon, the Breitbart News chief, called a June 2016 meeting between Trump's eldest son and a Russian lawyer "treasonous" and suggested that there may be something to special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE's investigation. 

Trump responded in a lengthy statement, saying that Bannon had "lost his mind" since leaving his White House job last year. 

Bannon, who emerged as a key player in the final months of Trump's 2016 campaign, has largely been supportive of Trump since leaving the White House, and has worked to recruit congressional candidates aligned with the president's brand of conservatism.