‘Two fish don’t stink – me and Trump’

Daily News - - WORLD -

WASH­ING­TON: US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s new com­mu­ni­ca­tions di­rec­tor ex­ploded the smoul­der­ing ten­sions at the White House into a full-fledged con­fla­gra­tion yes­ter­day.

He an­grily dared Trump’s chief of staff to deny he was a “leaker” and ex­posed West Wing back­stab­bing in lan­guage more suit­able to a mob­ster movie than a seat of pres­i­den­tial sta­bil­ity.

In a pull-no-punches, im­promptu CNN in­ter­view that he said was au­tho­rised by the pres­i­dent, An­thony Scara­mucci went af­ter chief of staff Reince Priebus in graphic terms. “The fish stinks from the head down,” he said. “I can tell you two fish that don’t stink, and that’s me and the pres­i­dent.”

Not even a week into his new job, Scara­mucci ac­cused uniden­ti­fied se­nior of­fi­cials of try­ing to sab­o­tage him and com­mit­ting a felony by leak­ing in­for­ma­tion. But the per­sonal fi­nan­cial in­for­ma­tion that he said some­one had “leaked” about him had sim­ply been ob­tained through a pub­lic records re­quest.

Then in an in­ter­view pub­lished by The New Yorker yes­ter­day, an an­gry Scara­mucci used an ex­ple­tive to ac­cuse Priebus of be­ing a “f****** para­noid schiz­o­phrenic” and White House chief strate­gist Steve Ban­non of try­ing to bur­nish his own rep­u­ta­tion.

He also threat­ened to fire White House staffers who leaked about a din­ner he had with the pres­i­dent.

“They’ll all be fired by me,” Scara­mucci told the mag­a­zine. “I fired one guy the other day. I have three to four peo­ple I’ll fire to­mor­row. I’ll get to the per­son who leaked that to you.”

By day’s end Scara­mucci sounded calmer, though not re­gret­ful.

“I some­times use col­or­ful lan­guage. I will re­frain in this arena but not give up the pas­sion­ate fight for @re­alDon­aldTrump’s agenda. #MAGA,” he tweeted. The tag at the end stands for Trump’s “Make Amer­ica Great Again”.

The past 24 hours pro­vided the clear­est ev­i­dence yet that Scara­mucci and Trump, both brash New York­ers, were cut from the same cloth. One of their shared tech­niques: pub­licly sham­ing mem­bers of their own team. – ANA-AP

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from South Africa

© PressReader. All rights reserved.