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Conway: Scaramucci Tweet Shows Someone Trying to 'Scare Him Off'

(Fox News/"Fox & Friends")

By    |   Thursday, 27 Jul 2017 11:32 AM

Incoming communications director Anthony Scaramucci made it clear with a controversial tweet Wednesday night that he knows "somebody doesn't want him here," even though he later removed the message, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said Thursday.

"I think the most important part of Anthony's tweet was when he talked about the FBI and the Department of Justice," Conway told Fox News' "Fox & Friends" program. 

"He's making clear that even though the documents are eventually procurable publicly, that somebody doesn't want him here and somebody is trying to get in his way and scare him off from working here, which is a huge mistake."

Wednesday night, Scaramucci tweeted — and then removed — a tweet claiming he was the victim of a leak of his financial information. He also threatened to take the matter to the FBI and the Justice Department.

He added Priebus' Twitter name to the tweet, causing speculation that he was accusing the president's chief of staff of leaking the information about him.

Politico had reported that Scaramucci, the founder of SkyBridge Capital, had a net worth of as much as $85 million. It cited a financial disclosure dated June 23 that he filed with the U.S. Office of Government Ethics. As it turns out, such disclosures are publicly available.

Conway said she's discussed the matter of leaks with Scaramucci, and said the White House needs to cut down on people who think leaking information is "cute and makes them popular and somehow enhances their resume and portfolio for later."

There are many qualified men and women who want to serve President Donald Trump, but are concerned with leaks of their private information once they divest their assets to serve.

Leakers also are causing a disservice to the president and the people in the White House, said Conway, and they are stepping "all over" the president's message of job creation and investment.

Meanwhile, Scaramucci said Thursday he tagged White House chief of staff Reince Priebus on his tweet, but only did that to point out the leak happened, not to accuse Priebus of wrongdoing.

"Leakers are easier to figure out than they think," Conway said. "The West Wing is a small business. I'm the jerk who hired the chief of staff, right, because I thought he was going to work on press policy. We are not here to read about ourselves. We are here for the forgotten men and forgotten women. "

The president is serious about the matter, but also "made it clear" Thursday that the most serious leaks are coming from the intelligence community, said Conway.

"We are pleased that the attorney general has announced a crackdown on leaks," said Conway. "A lot of holdovers here from the previous administration are across this administration currently. It's hurting America."

Conway also discussed the ongoing Obamacare repeal and replace talks, commenting that Americans want free market healthcare, such as Trump is encouraging senators to pass.

"He's been here six short months," she said. "They have been talking seven years. It's time to repeal and replace to something more affordable, accessible to more Americans."

The main principles, she said, "are to bring these premiums down to open up the markets to more individuals, to expand the health savings account and allow Americans for the first time to use those moneys to pay for the premiums."

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Incoming communications director Anthony Scaramucci made it clear with a controversial tweet Wednesday night that he knows "somebody doesn't want him here," even though he later removed the message, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said Thursday.
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