Reporters peppered Scaramucci with questions on press-related issues that have dogged the relationship between the Trump presidency and the journalists that cover it. "They feel like this is somebody who understands the way the president communicates, who's going to go up there and have one mission, and that's to serve the president, to promote his agenda". "What are you guys suggesting?" he asked. We were too namby-pamby", he continued, touting Democrats' forthcoming economic plan as "sharp, bold, and [appealing] to both the old Obama coalition, let's say the young lady who's just getting out of college, and the Democratic voters who deserted us for Trump, the blue-collar worker.
Trump himself appeared to address Scaramucci's critical statements in a tweet on Saturday: "In all fairness to Anthony Scaramucci, he wanted to endorse me 1st, before the Republican Primaries started, but didn't think I was running!"
White House press secretary Sean Spicer abruptly resigned Friday in protest at Scaramucci's hiring.
TAPPER: Wait a second, Anthony, Anthony - you're making a lot of assertions here. The Communications Director's answer: he wasn't sure if Trump could do that, but it was a "stupid hypothetical" because POTUS committed no wrongdoing.
On CNN's "State of the Union", he added that Trump "isn't going to have to pardon anybody because the Russian Federation thing is a nonsensical thing".
Scaramucci said that despite the report and the tweets, Trump was not actually considering pardoning anyone, including himself.
Lawmakers recently reached an agreement on legislation to impose sanctions against Russian Federation as punishment for meddling in the 2016 election, putting Mr. Trump in a predicament as to whether to sign the bill. He then moved on to describe Sarah Sanders' job performance as press secretary.
Speaking with Fox Business in November 2015, Scaramucci said Trump's personal attacks on candidates were hurting the Republican Party. "But like every athlete that is training the Olympics, every day we have to make ourselves incrementally better", Scaramucci said.