Scara­mucci deletes tweets, gets fresh start in new of­fice

Older posts fa­vored gun con­trol, once praised Clin­ton

The Denver Post - - NEWS - By Dar­lene Su­perville

WASH­ING­TON» A day af­ter ac­cept­ing a top White House job, Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s new com­mu­ni­ca­tions ad­viser an­nounced Satur­day that he’s delet­ing old tweets, say­ing his own views have evolved and that what he said in the past shouldn’t be a dis­trac­tion.

Trump an­nounced Fri­day that he’d hired Wall Street fi­nancier An­thony Scara­mucci to help the White House sharpen its pub­lic mes­sage.

So­cial me­dia users quickly did a deep dive and re­cir­cu­lated past tweets by Scara­mucci that were at odds with Trump’s views, in­clud­ing one that praised Hil­lary Clin­ton’s com­pe­tence. Trump de­feated Clin­ton for pres­i­dent last year and con­tin­ues to crit­i­cize her, in­clud­ing in sev­eral tweets Satur­day.

Other repur­posed Scara­mucci tweets ex­pressed sup­port for stronger gun laws, which he tweeted about in Au­gust 2012. In May 2016, he ex­pressed dis­plea­sure with in­di­vid­u­als who believe cli­mate change is a hoax. Trump has at times re­ferred to global warm­ing as a hoax.

“Full trans­parency: I’m delet­ing old tweets. Past views evolved & shouldn’t be a dis­trac­tion. I serve @PO­TUS agenda & that’s all that mat­ters,” Scara­mucci said Satur­day in the first of a pair of mes­sages on the subject.

“The pol­i­tics of ‘gotcha’ are over. I have a thick skin and we’re mov­ing on to @PO­TUS agenda serv­ing the Amer­i­can peo­ple,” he added.

Twit­ter users also scrolled back deep into Scara­mucci’s time­line to raise ques­tions about a 2012 tweet in which he seemed to mis­at­tribute a quote to au­thor Mark Twain.

“Dance like no one is watch­ing. Sing like no one is lis­ten­ing. Love like you’ve never been hurt and live like its heaven on earth. Mark Twain,” Scara­mucci tweeted.

Scara­mucci served Trump as a cam­paign fundraiser and ad­viser dur­ing the tran­si­tion.

He made his first ap­pear­ance be­fore re­porters in the White House brief­ing room on Fri­day and quickly apol­o­gized to Trump for re­fer­ring to him as a “hack politi­cian” dur­ing an Au­gust 2015 ap­pear­ance on Fox Busi­ness Net­work.

Asked whether Trump was aware of the com­ment, Scara­mucci joked that the pres­i­dent men­tions it ev­ery 15 sec­onds.

He called it one of his “big­gest mis­takes” be­fore look­ing into the cam­eras and say­ing: “Mr. Pres­i­dent, if you’re lis­ten­ing, I per­son­ally apol­o­gize for the 50th time for say­ing that.”

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