Ah, Anthony Scaramucci.
The UK met the new White House communications director properly on Wednesday, when he gave a free-wheeling interview to the BBC’s Newsnight.
‘The Mooch’ compared Donald Trump’s plan to repeal Obamacare to the abolition of slavery and suggested the US President was not part of the elite because he eats cheeseburgers.
But within 24 hours, he’s topped that.
The New Yorker published a jaw-dropping interview on Thursday where Scaramucci deploys the kind language once the preserve of sailors.
Against a backdrop of Trump fearing leaks from his top team, Scaramucci got on the horn to reporter Ryan Lizza to try to figure out why the White House had the appearance of a sieve.
In the process, he threatened to fire his entire communications staff, called White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus a “paranoid schizophrenic, a paranoiac,” and suggested that Steve Bannon, Trump’s chief adviser, was attempting to do what urban legend suggests Prince removed a rib to achieve. Auto-fellatio, or as The New Yorker’s quote card informed us:
“What I want to do is I want to fucking kill all the leakers and I want to get the president’s agenda on track so we can succeed for the American people,” Scaramucci said during the interview where he referred to himself as ‘The Mooch’.
At the end of the chat, he told Lizza that he was going to get on Twitter. “Yeah, let me go, though, because I’ve gotta start tweeting some shit to make this guy crazy,” Scaramucci said, charmingly.
Scaramucci seemed more relaxed on Twitter later, admitting that he uses “colorful language” and will “not give up the passionate fight for Donald Trump’s agenda”.
He also seemed to give the game away: why was he talking to a reporter on the record if he didn’t expect to be quoted? And if it was only for background: does that make ‘The Mooch’ a leaker?