President Donald Trump's statement denouncing the Charlottesville, Va., violence needed to be "harsher" and the act should have been considered "terrorism," fired White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci said Sunday.
"I wouldn't have recommended that statement," Scaramucci told ABC's "This Week" with George Stephanopoulos. "I think he needed to be much harsher as it related to the white supremacists and the nature of that."
"It's actually terrorism, and whether it's domestic or international terrorism, with the moral authority of the presidency, you have to call that stuff out," Scaramucci added.
Scaramucci, who was fired by President Trump after just over a week in the White House, called the Steve Bannon influence on the administration a "snag" for the president with respect to his legislative agenda.
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"You've also this sort of Bannon-bart influence in there, which I think is a snag on the president," Scaramucci told Stephanopoulos. "He has to move away from that Bannon-bart nonsense.
"The whole thing is nonsensical. It's not serving the president's interests. He's gotta move more into the mainstream. He's gotta be more into where the moderates are and the independents are, George, that love the president. So, if he does that, he'll have a very successful legislative agenda that he'll be able to execute.
"If he doesn't do that, you're going to see this inertia, you're going to see this resistance from more of the establishment senators that he needs to curry favor with."
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