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Anthony Scaramucci criticises Trump's reaction to far-right violence in Charlottesville

Anthony Scaramucci criticises Trump's reaction to far-right violence in Charlottesville

"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".

Lawmakers on both sides of the political aisle have called out Trump's apparent reluctance to specifically mention the white supremacist groups who gathered in Charlottesville for a "Unite the Right" rally.

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. Republicans and Democrats immediately criticised Trump's lacklustre condemnation.

He also directed profanity-laced insults at Chief Strategist Steve Bannon.

"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", he said while suggesting that Bannon may be one of the "leakers undermining [the president's] agenda".

"I'm here to serve the country", he told Ryan Lizza, a reporter for The New Yorker.

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

Later Sunday, Trump's national security adviser H.R. McMaster - who has been on the receiving end of criticism from Breitbart and Bannon allies - repeatedly deflected questions on NBC's Meet the Pressabout whether he could work with Bannon in the White House.

"There should be no place in society for racism, white supremacy, and neo-Nazis", she tweeted.

Scaramucci's remarks came a day after a rally in Virginia turned violent, as clashes broke out between white nationalists and counterprotesters.

The president has long had a following among white supremacist groups attracted to his nationalist rhetoric on immigration and other hot-button issues.

"We're going to work on civility and listening, deliberation, First Amendment, religious toleration, pluralism". "This hate and division must stop, and it must stop now".