The new communications director suggests more staff shake-ups if the leaks do not stop.
President Trump’s new communications director Anthony Scaramucci said on Sunday that he is going to focus on stopping the leaks that are coming out of the White House communications department during an interview on Fox News Sunday.
Fox News’ Chris Wallace asked Scaramucci how he will close the disconnect between how President Trump is viewed by his staff and how Trump is viewed by the media.
Scaramucci said that he didn’t think that would be difficult, but that stopping the leaks coming out of the West Wing are going to be what he is focused on.
“I think what’s going on right now is a high level of unprofessionalism, and it’s not serving the president,” Scaramucci told Wallace about the leaks.
“First thing for me is I want to hit a cultural reset button,” Scaramucci explained. “Second thing is we got to get the leaks stopped. If we don’t get the leaks stopped, I am a business person and so I will take dramatic action to stop those leaks.”
Wallace asked Scaramucci what he meant by taking drastic action against the leaks.
“I’m going to be very, very clear with people, as far as I’m concerned that staff has amnesty. We’ll see how they do with me at the helm,” Scaramucci told Wallace. “If the leaks don’t stop I’m going to pare down the staff because it’s just not right Chris. I think it’s not fair to the president. It’s actually not fair to America or the people in the government.”
Scaramucci conceded to Wallace that he would not be able to stop the leaks that are coming from governmental agencies, but did say that Trump does not like the leaks that are coming out of his White House.
Wallace followed up asking Scaramucci if he had carte blanche to fire anyone in the administration that is caught leaking to the media.
“I’m just focused on the communications team. As far as I’m concerned, it’s a new start for everybody in that team, and everybody in that team can stay as long as they follow the protocol of not leaking,” Scaramucci concluded. “Because at the end of the day, the president is super upset about the leaks. It’s unprofessional and so you’re asking what the first steps are, that’s going to be one of my first steps.”
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