White House divisions on display with Scaramucci's comments

White House divisions on display with Scaramucci's comments

White House divisions on display with Scaramucci's comments

Scaramucci appeared to suggest in a Twitter post late on Wednesday that Priebus may have had a hand in what Scaramucci described as a "leak" of his official financial disclosure documents to the US news organization Politico.

Scaramucci said: "Reince and I have been personal friends for six years".

After the Twittersphere lit up, pointing out to Scaramucci that the disclosure form is public and that it appeared he was threatening Preibus, he deleted the tweet, and posted a new one at 12:47 a.m., writing that he wasn't calling for the Federal Bureau of Investigation and DOJ to investigate Preibus: "Wrong!"

Scaramucci was later shuffled into a position at the Export-Import Bank, where he plotted his next move.

Scaramucci tweeted about leaks late Wednesday and mentioned the Twitter handle of White House chief of staff Reince Priebus.

After Politico published a story about how the he continues to profit from the sale of his hedge fund SkyBridge Capital, Scaramucci slammed the leak of his Office of Government Ethics forms.

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Scaramucci's comments illustrated an ongoing power struggle at the highest levels of Trump's staff as the Republican president faces investigations into his election campaign's connections with Russian Federation and with Trump yet to win congressional approval for any major legislation.

Scaramucci and Priebus have long had a strained relationship, but Thursday's interview is the most public airing of that relationship yet.

At a press briefing last week, though, Scaramucci said he had no friction with Priebus.

Asked if Trump had confidence in his chief of staff, spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders did not answer directly, saying: "I think I've addressed this question when it comes to staffing and personnel many times, that if the president doesn't, then he'll make that decision".

In the swirl of Shakespearean intrigue that surrounds Donald Trump's White House, Priebus' fortunes have always been a source of speculation, given his limited role, colorful band of rivals and the president's public slights.

"If Reince wants to explain that he's not a leaker, let him do that", Scaramucci said.

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On Fox News that same morning, Kellyanne Conway, a counselor to the president, described the leaks that Scaramucci was ranting about as "people using the press to shiv each other in the ribs".

"We all serve at the pleasure of the president, and if he gets to a place where that isn't the case, he'll let you know", Sanders said. "So I'm asking you, as an American patriot, to give me a sense of who leaked it", Scaramucci said to Lizza.

Later The Washington Post asked Scaramucci if Trump had authorized him to call in to CNN to discuss Priebus and the leaks, and Scaramucci responded: "He did, yes".

Referring to his remarks last week that he and Priebus were like brothers, he elaborated.

He said: "Some brothers are like Cain and Abel". When I said we were brothers. that's because we're rough on each other.

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