White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci wouldn’t say during an interview on Wednesday whether President Trump will dump embattled Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
“I don’t know the answer to that,” Scaramucci told CNN’s “New Day” when asked about reports Trump was ready to fire Sessions. “I don’t want to get in the middle of the president and one of his Cabinet secretaries.”
The president has been riding Sessions since last week when he told the New York Times in an interview that he wouldn’t have appointed him as attorney general if he knew Sessions would recuse himself from the Russian investigation.
Over the last few days, the president has kept up his attacks on Twitter, saying Sessions took a “VERY weak position on Hillary Clinton crimes” and called him “beleaguered” for not investigating “Crooked Hillarys crimes & Russia relations.”
Scaramucci, asked by anchor Chris Cuomo whether the president has spoken directly to Sessions about his concerns, said, “I don’t know the answer to that. … I actually don’t know the answer.”
”I would say this,” Scaramucci continued. ”Let’s try to communicate. … But I would recommend to every Cabinet secretary and every teammate I have here in the West Wing – have a tough skin.”
Speaking about the effort to repeal and replace ObamaCare underway in the Senate, Scaramucci said the president is working to make the system “freerer.”
“What the president is trying to do is make the health care system freerer,” he said, adding that “we have to start with incrementalism.”
“Moreover, what we know from free market principles is when you make something a little bit freer and you decentralize it, you get two positive benefits … you get lower cost of delivery and you get better service,” Scaramucci said.
He said the way the Founders put Congress together, you have a lot of “disruption in the system.”
But the president is working through that, he said.
“He has to operate inside this Byzantine system to do the right thing. So we’re practicing political entrepreneurism of incrementalism,” Scaramucci said. “Let’s get this done right now. We’ll get it passed through the Senate and we’ll do what all good enterpenuers do – we’ll make refinements to the system.”
He said eventually the president will succeed and echoed one of Trump’s main campaign slogans.
“We’re going to win so much, you’re going to get tired of winning,” he said.