By Alisha Haridasani
The former White House communications director, Anthony Scaramucci, said that President Trump should do more media interviews and keep publicly confronting his critics.
“The president’s a fighter, I respect the fight in him,” said Scaramucci in an interview Thursday with Cheddar's J.D. Durkin.
Scaramucci, who served only 11 days as Trump's communications director (or, as he describes it, 954,000 seconds), said the president's off-the-cuff comments and unpredictable public statements endear him to his most stalwart supporters.
"What they love about him is the authenticity,” he said. “The president likes calling it the way he sees it.”
Saramucci was speaking hours after his former boss gave a wide-ranging interview to Fox News, in which he said that his personal lawyer Michael Cohen dealt with Stormy Daniels on Trump's behalf. Daniels has said she had a sexual encounter with Trump in 2006 and was paid $130,000 by Cohen to keep quiet. Previously, Trump said he had no knowledge of Cohen’s dealings with Daniels.
Cohen is under investigation for the payment to Daniels and possibly other women who have alleged sexual encounters with Trump. Earlier this month, the FBI got a warrant and raided Cohen's office and hotel room, seizing documents and other material.
After the raid, Trump expressed his frustration on Twitter with the Justice Department and the office of the special counsel, Robert Mueller, who is investigating possible collusion with Russia during the 2016 campaign and possible obstruction of justice. Trump has reportedly wanted to fire Mueller and even considered firing the deputy attorney general, Rod Rosenstein, who oversees the special counsel. (Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself, much to Trump's dismay.)
Firing Rosenstein or Mueller would be a mistake, said Scaramucci.
“I think Robert Mueller is a very fair person,” he said. “I’ve known Rod Rosenstein forever, I was in the same section as him at Harvard Law School, and I have said consistently I wouldn’t fire Rod Rosenstein. Rod Rosenstein’s a very principled guy.”
Scaramucci, whose brief tenure at the White House last year began with a vulgar interview with The New Yorker and ended less than a week later, said the administration's persistent staffing struggles were a sign of partisan politics.
On Thursday, Dr. Ronny Jackson, the president's nominee to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs, withdrew after allegations of inappropriate behavior. He was accused by former and current members of his staff of being drunk on the job and handing out prescription medication.
Scaramucci, like his former boss, blamed Jackson’s downfall on Democratic members of Congress.
“I think there’s something wrong with our system that we’re looking to microanalyze everybody,” said Scaramucci. “We’ve now decided that we’re going to hit the president’s cabinet members and his ambassadors to slow down his agenda and that just hurts the American people.”