Scara­mucci amends Trump ‘liar’ com­ments

The Mercury News Weekend - - NEWS - By John Wag­ner

WASH­ING­TON » An­thony Scara­mucci, who served brief ly as White House com­mu­ni­ca­tions di­rec­tor last year, made head­lines Wed­nes­day when he called Pres­i­dent Trump “a liar” dur­ing a CNN in­ter­view.

On Thurs­day, as he con­tin­ued a me­dia blitz pro­mot­ing a new book about Trump, Scara­mucci sought to backpedal. No, he said, Trump is not “a liar.” He’s “an in­ten­tional liar” who uses “a method­ol­ogy of mis­truth” with the aim of un­set­tling the main­stream me­dia and the po­lit­i­cal left.

Scara­mucci’s pars­ing comes as Trump has in­creas­ingly been un­der fire for aban­don­ing the truth.

Just in re­cent days, he has claimed with­out ev­i­dence that there were dan­ger­ous “Mid­dle Eastern­ers” mixed in a mi­grant car­a­van mak­ing its way to­ward the United States; that Congress — which is out of ses­sion — would de­liver a mid­dle­class tax cut by the end of the month; and that Re­pub­li­cans were more com­mit­ted to pro­tect­ing Amer­i­cans with preex­ist­ing med­i­cal con­di­tions than Democrats.

Dur­ing the CNN in­ter­view, Scara­mucci was asked if he con­sid­ers Trump a liar.

“OK, well we both know that he’s telling lies,” Scara­mucci re­sponded. “So if you want me to say he’s a liar, I’m happy to say he’s a liar.”

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