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Collins: I hope Scaramucci ‘strikes a different tone’ in the future

Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) said on Sunday that President Trump’s newly minted communications director Anthony Scaramucci should “strike a different” tone in the future, after his publicized — and, in his words, “colorful” — feud with outgoing chief of staff Reince Priebus. 

“The president certainly has the right to choose whoever he wants to be on his personal staff, but I certainly hope that his new communications director strikes a different tone than he has on his first week on the job,” Collin’s told CNN’s Jake Tapper on “State of the Union.” 

Collins’ comments come days after Scaramucci went after Priebus publicly on Twitter and in an interview before the now-former chief of staff resigned from the White House.


Scaramucci implied in a now-deleted tweet that Priebus could be behind leaks coming out of the White House. 

The new communications director then unloaded on Priebus in an interview with the New Yorker’s Ryan Lizza. 

“Reince is a f—— paranoid schizophrenic, a paranoiac,” Scaramucci told Lizza. “ ‘Oh, Bill Shine is coming in. Let me leak the f—— thing and see if I can cock-block these people the way I cock-blocked Scaramucci for six months.’ ”

Scaramucci then vulgarly unloaded on chief White House strategist Stephen Bannon, saying “I’m not Steve Bannon, I’m not trying to suck my own cock,” he said.

“I’m not trying to build my own brand off the f—– strength of the president. I’m here to serve the country,” he continued. 

The head of the White House press shop stopped short of an apology on Twitter, but said he would refrain from using “colorful” language in the future, and that he made the mistake of trusting a reporter, even though the interview was on the record. 



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