Don’t take Trump’s North Korea antagonism too seriously: ‘The Mooch’
People should see the humour in President Donald Trump’s barbs at North Korea and realise he is “not going to change at the age of 71”, says ex-White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci.
In an interview with the ABC’s 7.30 program on Thursday, Scaramucci said Trump’s tweet about having a “bigger button” than Kim Jong-un was “one of the funnier things he’s said”.
“If you know the President… when the President is doing that, there’s an aspect of his nature that I think people will eventually get accustomed to,” he said.
“There’s a little bit of sardonic humour there, there’s a little bit of sarcasm.
“If you know him, you’re snickering while he’s saying that.”
Over the past six months, antagonism between North Korea and the Trump administration has put the world on edge, prompting calls for calm from politicians here in Australia.
Scaramucci, often referred to as The Mooch, said Australians should feel reassured, that beyond Trump’s ‘jokes’ there was a bigger picture.
“Once people realise that ‘what you see is what you get’, they’ll calm down’, he said, even crediting Trump with a recent cooling of tensions between North and South Korea.
“President Trump is not going to accept ballistic missile activity that can reach the continent of the United States. That’s not something that we’re going to tolerate.
“That’s good news for the Australians because those missiles could reach you too, and that’s just nonsense.”
The foul-mouthed former spin doctor with an unapologetic ego who lasted a little over a week in the White House, started his interview with a laughing apology to Australian viewers.
“It’s the first time I’ve appeared on TV without a suit. I thought we were doing a radio interview!” he said, donning a plain black jumper.
The Wall Street financier has recently crept back into headlines after his extraordinary unloading on many of Trump’s close associates cost him his job in July last year.
Among a host of slurs heard in a taped phone call with The New Yorker magazine, Scaramucci infamously called former White House chief of staff Reince Priebus “a f—ing paranoid schizophrenic, a paranoiac”.
“A little bit of cursing probably helped me out there right?” he laughed, asking the ABC’s Connor Duffy how Australians felt about his extraordinary spray.
“I never curse on TV, nor will I ever. I had to apologise to my mum, I had to apologise to Vice-President Pence… Sarah Huckabee’s dad, Governor Huckabee, I called him to apologise.
“I do talk like that and by the way and trust me other people in the west wing talk like that”.
President Trump has apparently asked ‘the Mooch’ back on board, in an unofficial capacity, to champion the government’s cause after the release of Michael Wolff’s damning book ‘Fire and Fury’.
Even after being fired, Scaramucci doesn’t waver from the loyal official White House line that Wolff’s book is “fiction”.
“I’m done with the Michael Wolff stuff, the guys a complete loser,” he said directly to camera with a making a mocking ‘L’ shape on his forehead.
The world was under no illusions to Scaramucci’s thoughts on Trump’s now disgraced former strategist Steve Bannon in that July phone call, (“I’m not Steve Bannon, I’m not trying to suck my own c—,”), and he’s just as frank (albeit, more restrained) now.
“The guys is off his rocker and he’s furious,” he said in the televised interview, “he’s trying to paint a picture of himself that clearly wasn’t true.
“He was trying to suggest that he was the puppet master and President Trump was his hand puppet. It’s just a bunch of nonsense.”