Whoa! Sunday on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci did not mince words, and made it perfectly clear that he would fire his entire staff if leaks to the press from communications staffers are to continue.
Scaramucci on WH leakers: "They're going to get fired" https://t.co/WqU3q4VLLa
— Face The Nation (@FaceTheNation) July 23, 2017
Below is a partial transcript from the CBS interview:
JOHN DICKERSON: “And we want to welcome the incoming White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci to the broadcast. Mr. Scaramucci, welcome to “Face the Nation.” I want to start with the president’s tweet yesterday about pardons. He said he has complete pardon power. Why is he tweeting about pardons?”
ANTHONY SCARAMUCCI: “Well, I think that unfortunately he may have had a conversation in the Oval Office or somewhere about it. And then people rush out to leak that information to people. It’s just very unprofessional and very harmful. And I think the gist of that leak basically, I mean or that tweet I should say is that he’s not going to pardon anybody.
He doesn’t need to pardon anybody. And it’s just really about the leaking that is actually injurious to the government, felonious to the government. But he’s done absolutely nothing wrong. And there’s no need for him to pardon anybody. But he just doesn’t like the fact that he has a two-minute conversation in the Oval Office or in his study and that people are running out and leaking that.
So we’re going to work on culturally changing that because it’s extremely unprofessional. He’s the commander-in-chief, the president of the United States. People that are standing around him that are doing that sort of nonsense are actually un-American. They’re doing an injustice to the institution of the American presidency. And we’re going to work very hard to change the culture of that.”
JOHN DICKERSON: “What happens to leakers on your watch?”
ANTHONY SCARAMUCCI: “They’re going to get fired. I’m just going to make it very, very clear, okay? Tomorrow I’m going to have a staff meeting. And it’s going to be a very binary thing. I’m-I’m not going to make any prejudgments about anybody on that staff. If they want to stay on the staff, they’re going to stop leaking.
If the leaks continue, we are strong as our weakest link. And I’ll say it a little differently in a pun. We’re strong as our weakest leak. So if you guys want to keep leaking, why don’t you guys all get together and make a decision as a team that you’re going to stop leaking.”
You can see more from the interview and transcript here.