Anthony Scaramucci, who served as White House communications director for six days in the first year of the Trump administration, said in a new interview that President Donald Trump tells lies because he "thinks it's fun."
Scaramucci was on CNN's "New Day" Friday morning and was asked about Trump's tendency to stretch the truth.
"He's very consistent, he's probably consistent over the last 40 years in terms of the ways he frames a narrative in a story," Scaramucci said. "He does it because he thinks it's fun, and he also does it because he likes the fact that you guys are talking about it.
"At the end of the day, for him, he's figured out that there's a very large group of people inside of our population that when he does it, and the media talks about it, they laugh."
He later admitted that he doesn't see a need for Trump to tell anything but the truth, which he has made clear to the president himself.
"You don't have to accept that, other people don't like it, I don't like it," he said. "I tell the president, 'Hey, you don't need to do that. There's no reason for you to tell these fables or these stories. You're doing a very good job on the economy, you're doing a great job, the whole NATO discussion I think is going in the right direction.'"
Scaramucci's tenure running the White House communications shop was the shortest in the history of that position. He wrote a book about Trump, called "Trump, the Blue-Collar President," which was released last October.
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