Steve Bannon is hurting Trump's agenda, Scaramucci says

Steve Bannon is hurting Trump's agenda, Scaramucci says

Mr Scaramucci said he had thought the interview was off the record. "I wouldn't have recommended that statement", Trump's one-time communications director told ABC News' George Stephanopoulos "I think he would have needed to have been much harsher".

Scaramucci's brief tenure at the White House ended with his resignation in late July after he gave a bombastic interview to the New Yorker in which he lashed out at various other members of Trump's inner circle.

Scaramucci had served less than two weeks in Trump's administration. "I think he needed to be much harsher as it related to the white supremacists and the nature of that". The president offered praise for law enforcement active in Charlottesville and called for "study" of what's happening to "see what we're doing wrong as a country where things like this can happen".

"I think there are elements inside of Washington, also inclusive in the White House, that are not necessarily abetting the president's interests or his agenda".

During the interview, his first sitdown TV interview since he left the White House after 10 days on the job, Scaramucci also told ABC he believed chief strategist Steve Bannon was one of the White House's biggest problems.

Scaramucci has been a vocal critic of Bannon and offered a cryptic response when asked if Bannon should go.

Donald Trump's former communications director, Anthony Scaramucci, has gone from being the United States president's greatest advocate to one of his most vocal critics this week.

"The President said very strongly in his statement yesterday that he condemns all forms of violence, bigotry and hatred and of course that includes white Supremacists, KKK, neo-Nazi and all extremist groups". He's got to move more into the mainstream. I think at the end of the day; the president knows who the leakers are.

He added that it's not serving the President's interests to still have that wing around. "He's got to be more into where the moderates are and the independents ... that love the president, so if he does that he'll have a very successful legislative agenda", he said.