Scaramucci: Key Trump strength is 'reading people'

Former White House communications director Anthony ScaramucciAnthony ScaramucciThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump tries to reassure voters on economy Trump pushes back on recent polling data, says internal numbers are 'strongest we've had so far' Scaramucci assembling team of former Cabinet members to speak out against Trump MORE said Thursday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump pushes back on recent polling data, says internal numbers are 'strongest we've had so far' Illinois state lawmaker apologizes for photos depicting mock assassination of Trump Scaramucci assembling team of former Cabinet members to speak out against Trump 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 BannonThe specter of Steve Bannon may loom over 2020 Trump campaign Sunday shows - Trump's Epstein conspiracy theory retweet grabs spotlight Steve Bannon: 'President Trump is not a racist' 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 (Bob) Swan MuellerTrump calls for probe of Obama book deal Democrats express private disappointment with Mueller testimony Kellyanne Conway: 'I'd like to know' if Mueller read his own report 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.