Scaramucci breaks with Trump as Twitter feud escalates
Anthony Scaramucci, the investment manager who served as Donald Trump’s communications director for 11 days, has become embroiled in a full-blown Twitter feud with his former boss.
The war of words between the two began after Mr Scaramucci, who was an early and vociferous supporter of Mr Trump’s campaign, criticised the president on television last week over his visits to El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, in the wake of mass shootings there.
By Monday, Mr Scaramucci was saying he would not be voting for Mr Trump in 2020.
“To those asking, ‘what took so long?’ You’re right. I tried to see best in [Mr Trump] based on private interactions and select policy alignment,” Mr Scaramucci said on Twitter. “But his increasingly divisive rhetoric — and damage it’s doing to fabric of our society — outweighs any short-term economic gain.”
Mr Scaramucci, who returned to his hedge fund of funds business SkyBridge Capital after his ill-starred time in Washington, said he was merely saying in public what many fellow Republicans say in private.
“The Mooch”, as he is known, criticised the president for comments that he said “divide the country”. He also told news outlets including Axios that Republicans may need to consider a replacement candidate for the 2020 presidential race.
Mr Trump responded to his new critic in a series of tweets on Saturday, saying his former communications director “now seems to do nothing but television as the all time expert on ‘President Trump’”.
“Like many other so-called television experts, he knows very little about me . . . other than the fact that this administration has probably done more than any other administration in its first 2 1/2 years of existence,” Mr Trump continued.
“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 on Monday tweeted again about Mr Scaramucci, who he said “just wanted to be on TV”.
“Scaramucci, who like so many others had nothing to do with my Election victory, is only upset that I didn’t want him back in the Administration (where he desperately wanted to be). Also, I seldom had time to return his many calls to me,” Mr Trump said.
Mr Scaramucci replied by accusing the president of bullying. “You are losing your fastball — very weak troll,” he wrote. “Many have called and are willing to work on a necessary replacement. Time to call in a good relief pitcher. @potus is lost.”