Scaramucci Makes Himself Talk of the Town With Vulgar Rant Against Priebus, Bannon

By Susan Jones | July 28, 2017 | 7:40am EDT
White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci made bigger headlines than his boss on Thursday, following publication of his profanity-laden rant against senior White House aides Reince Priebus and Steve Bannon. (White House video of Scaramucci's first White House press conference on Friday, July 21, 2017.)

( - "Bleep, bleep, bleep" sums up Antony Scaramucci's profanity-laden rant to a New Yorker reporter.

The new White House communications director trumped his boss on Thursday, making headlines with his diatribe against Reince Priebus and Steve Bannon, whom Scaramucci described as leakers and self-promoters.

New Yorker reporter Ryan Lizza, also CNN contributor, begins his article this way: "On Wednesday night, I received a phone call from Anthony Scaramucci, the new White House communications director. He wasn’t happy."

Scaramucci was furious that his dinner date at the White House had been leaked to the press (Lizza had tweeted about it), and Scaramucci told Lizza that he blamed Priebus.

When Lizza refused to tell Scaramucci who told him about the White House dinner, Priebus erupted:

"'Is it an assistant to the President?' he asked. I again told him I couldn’t say. 'O.K., I’m going to fire every one of them, and then you haven’t protected anybody, so the entire place will be fired over the next two weeks.'"

Lizza said Scaramucci told him he doesn't want media attention -- which he's getting in spades because of his call to Lizza. “I’m not Steve Bannon," Scaramucci told Lizza. (Expletives deleted) "I'm not trying to build my own brand off the f***ing strength of the President. I’m here to serve the country.”

Lizza's on-the-record interview with Scaramucci is the talk of Washington, and some TV talking heads have noted the irony of a man hell-bent on squelching leaks now leaking about other senior White House officials.

In two tweets after Lizza's article was published on Thursday, Scaramucci said:

"I sometimes use colorful language. I will refrain in this arena but not give up the passionate fight for @realDonaldTrump's agenda.  #MAGA"


"I made a mistake in trusting in a reporter. It won't happen again."

Lizza told CNN on Friday that he and Scaramucci agreed that Scaramucci's comments were on the record, even though Scaramucci wasn't happy about Lizza's intention to publish them.

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