Scaramucci calls Trump a 'traitor' to the US

Former White House communications director Anthony ScaramucciAnthony ScaramucciScaramucci: 'Trump fatigue' could help Bloomberg beat Trump if he wins Democratic nomination Will Republicans continue to engage in willful blindness? Scaramucci: Trump sees Bloomberg as threat MORE on Friday called President TrumpDonald John TrumpRepublicans aim to avoid war with White House over impeachment strategy New York Times editorial board calls for Trump's impeachment Trump rips Michigan Rep. Dingell after Fox News appearance: 'Really pathetic!' MORE a "traitor" to the U.S. while discussing the president's dealings with Ukraine. 

“The American president is a traitor to the United States. He is literally the most un-American president that we've had probably since Andrew Johnson,” Scaramucci said on CNN.

Scaramucci, who has become a vocal Trump critic recently, asserted that Trump was reacting to the situation like "somebody who doesn't have any principles or any morals."

The former White House aide also expressed surprise that Republican lawmakers were largely sticking with Trump. 

"I would have thought that the leadership in the Congress would have broken by now, the Republican leadership in the Congress," Scaramucci said. "Where is the leadership?"

The Hill has reached out to the White House for comment.


Trump is facing heightened scrutiny over his push for Ukraine to investigate former vice president and current 2020 Democratic presidential frontrunner Joe BidenJoe BidenNew York Times editorial board calls for Trump's impeachment Graham invites Giuliani to testify about recent Ukraine trip Booker leads other 2020 Dems in petition urging DNC to change debate qualifications MORE, an issue that is at the heart of House Democrats' impeachment inquiry.

Trump has denied that there was a quid pro quo involved in his request to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to "look into" Biden, a request he made during a July 25 phone call with the Ukrainian leader.

The call came as Trump was withholding military aid to Ukraine, though Trump has insisted he held up the aid to get other European countries to contribute for the cause.

Trump sparked fresh scrutiny on Thursday when he publicly encouraged Ukraine and China to launch probes into Biden. 

Text messages released by House Democrats on Thursday night indicated that a U.S. official involved with Ukraine was concerned about a potential a quid pro quo involving the aid, something another official dismissed.

"I think it’s crazy to withhold security assistance for help with a political campaign,” William Taylor, a top official at the U.S. Embassy in Kiev, said in text messages provided by former special envoy to Ukraine Kurt VolkerKurt VolkerPush to investigate Bidens sets up potential for Senate turf war Senate confirms Brouillette to replace Perry as Energy secretary How Democrats' missing witnesses could fill in the Ukraine story MORE

George Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the European Union, responded to Taylor by saying he believed the diplomat was "incorrect about President Trump's intentions," adding he believed Trump had no intention of a "quid pro quo."

Scaramucci in recent months has frequently been critical of Trump. He has compared the president to an infamous cult leader and called him a "full-blown demagogue."