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Anthony Scaramucci says White House leakers are working against Donald Trump, in first interview since he was fired

Rob Crilly
Anthony Scaramucci did not even make it to his official start date as White House communications director - AP

The are elements in Washington and inside the White House who are working against the president and trying to undermine his agenda and eject him from power, according to Anthony Scaramucci, Donald Trump’s former communications director.

Speaking for the first time since he was fired after only 10 days in the job, Mr Scaramucci said the president was the target of the city’s political establishment.

“The president is not a representative of the political establishment class,” he told George Stephanopoulos of ABC News on Sunday.

“So for whatever reason people have made the decision that they want to eject him. It’s almost like he has opened up the door for America’s CEOs and America’s billionaires to enter Washington’s political system.

“The members of that political class do not like that.”

Mr Scaramucci was fired last month after a recording of an expletive-laden conversation with a journalist came to light. In it, he poured scorn on Reince Priebus, the then White House chief of staff, and Steven Bannon, Mr Trump’s chief strategist.

His departure as head of communications – before his tenure had even started – reinforced a sense of chaos at the heart of an unconventional administration.

On Sunday, he again insisted he believed the conversation was off the record.

He went on to say that the president needed to bring in more loyalists, rather than party apparatchiks, to his team to drive through his agenda. And he added that he wanted to see the president move away from the likes of Mr Bannon towards the mainstream to bring in more moderates.

But he said the president was still struggling to get his message across as the administration battled leaks.

“At the end of the day I think the president has a very good idea of who the leakers are inside the White House, the president has a very good idea of who is undermining his agenda, that are serving their own interests.”