There are people in Washington DC working against President Donald Trump, the former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci has said. He said there were “elements” within the White House trying to eject Mr Trump, and he had “named some names”.
Mr Scaramucci spoke to ABC News for the first time since being sacked last month – after just 10 days in office.
It followed a phone recording in which he strongly attacked then-White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus. He also directed profanity-laced insults at Chief Strategist Steve Bannon. Mr Scaramucci said he had thought the interview was off the record, and he had “paid the consequences for that conversation”.
“What happens in Washington… is the president is not a representative of the political establishment class, so for whatever reason the people have made a decision that they want to eject him,” he told George Stephanopoulos of ABC News on Sunday. “I think there are elements inside of Washington, also inclusive in the White House, that are not necessarily abetting the president’s interests or his agenda.”
Tension between the U.S. and North Korea escalated sharply Tuesday after President Trump suggested he was prepared to start a nuclear war, threatening to unleash “fire and fury” against North Korea. Hours later, North Korea threatened to strike the U.S. territory of Guam in the western Pacific. Guam is home to 163,000 people as well as major U.S. military bases.
Meanwhile, Democratic Congressmember Brad Sherman of California on Wednesday introduced an article of impeachment against President Trump, accusing him of obstructing justice in the FBI’s probe into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election. This is Rep. Sherman speaking with Los Angeles station KABC.
Rep. Brad Sherman: “This is not a political matter. This is a matter of conscience. We do know that there’s obstruction of justice. We do know that this presidency is ignorant, incompetent and impulsive. And unless behavior of the White House changes, I think we will see a new president—not anytime soon, but before the end of the four years.”