During a lengthy and combative interview this morning on CNN's State of the Union, new White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci and host Jake Tapper battled it out over President Donald Trump's recent tweet where he stated his pardoning powers were complete.
"We got to get the leaks stopped", said Scaramucci, a Harvard-educated former Wall Street investment banker.
"There is no doubt we need to secure our southern border and ensure the vetting process for all immigrants is air-tight, but betraying common decency out of primeval fear reeks of World War II-era attitudes that led to the internment of Japanese-American citizens and rejection of European-Jewish refugees - events that are a stain on our history", Scaramucci wrote in his 2016 Fox Business column. The appointment came as the president contends with sinking approval ratings and struggles to advance his legislative agenda. The daily briefings are expected to be taken over by deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders for now.
The legislation would require the president to submit to Congress a report on proposed actions that would "significantly alter" US policy toward Russian Federation, including easing sanctions or returning diplomatic properties in Maryland and NY that former President Barack Obama ordered vacated in December.
Scaramucci denied that his reference to demagoguery was specifically directed at Trump, and argued that a number of great political leaders have evolved their position on policy issues.
Scaramucci would eventually go on to support Trump during the general election, but his public statements during much of the primary campaign were critical of Trump's candidacy.
On the Russian Federation stories, Mr Scaramucci said on Fox a "two-pronged approach" was needed. "In other ways, we want it to be very hard-hitting and war-like".
"If (Trump) vetoes the bill, we will override the veto", Cardin said.
Scaramucci went on to say Trump was not sure Russian Federation was behind efforts to influence the 2016 election, despite the intelligence community's assessment.
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"And he will probably dial back some of those tweets".
"The president likes speaking from the heart".
He then said he was quoting the president, adding that "he basically said to me, hey, you know, this is - maybe they did it".
USA intelligence agencies have accused the Russian government of meddling through hacking in last year's election to benefit Trump and harm Clinton, and authorities are exploring potential coordination between Moscow and the Trump campaign.
Scaramucci, who was himself involved in a controversy of a CNN report, was appointed Friday by President Donald Trump, leading former White House press secretary Sean Spicer to resign.
"Well, OK, so the answer to the question, and I'm a pro-Second Amendment person".
"For the record, I was referring to my hair and make up and the fact that I like the make up artist".
Scaramucci then reiterated that he deleted his old tweets because they were a "total distraction".
Mr Trump defeated Mrs Clinton for president past year and continues to criticise her, including in several tweets on Saturday.