Anthony Scaramucci, who lasted only 11 days as Donald Trump's communications director, said he won't support the president's re-election and suggested the Republican Party consider a different 2020 nominee.
"I think the President was basically asking some of the questions that we saw millions of Americans probably asking themselves, whether it be on social media or just even in their own private conversations, about the very unusual circumstances around this person's death", he said. He was particularly frustrated after Trump made a series of racist remarks in July, arguing that four Democratic congresswomen should be "go back" to the countries "from which they came".
"I'm a Republican, so I'm not switching parties to support a Democrat".
"Anthony, who would do anything to come back in, should remember the only reason he is on TV, and it's not for being the Mooch!" the president wrote.
"The racially charged comments, the divisive tweeting", Scaramucci added, "is not helping the country". "We all just have to take a step back now and say, 'What are we doing?'" he said. The former hedge fund manager has increasingly criticized Trump's racist rhetoric as well as his recent visits to the scenes of mass shootings.
Yet "he knows very little about me", Trump said.
This followed an Axios interview where Scaramucci compared Trump to the nuclear reactor meltdown Chernobyl. "I believe in the values and the policies of the Republican Party, but I'm now neutral on the president, and let's see how he continues to act", Scaramucci said.
After Epstein's death, Trump retweeted a conspiracy theory tying Epstein's death to former President Bill Clinton. "Then it becomes a catastrophe for him, the administration, and it's also a bad reflection on the country".