And in a shake-up in the communications team, he brought in Anthony Scaramucci, a swaggering, NY wheeler-and-dealer, to revive his political brand and promoted Sarah Huckabee Sanders to replace Spicer.
But the president's continued wavering is bound to frustrate the intelligence community, which concluded in January that Russian president Vladimir Putin ordered the interference himself. "It actually in his mind, what are you guys suggesting?"
Scaramucci, who supported Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's 2016 bid for the GOP nomination and later Jeb Bush's campaign, never mentions by name Trump or any other Republican presidential candidate in the column - a point Scaramucci noted in an interview Sunday with CNN's Jake Tapper. "Past views evolved & shouldn't be a distraction", he added, in a tweet that he said he'd posted in the interests of "full transparency".
She's incredibly authentic, ' Scaramucci told Tapper.
Addressing the issue of Scaramucci's now deleted tweets criticizing the president during the campaign, the new White House communications director said he apologized to Trump and asked that they both move on from those remarks. The CNN host said, "You're making a lot of assertions here".
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He also said on CNN's "State of the Union" that "we're going to defend him very, very aggressively when there's nonsensical stuff being said about him". He also promised to crack down on information leaks and pledged to better focus the message coming from the White House.
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"The politicians don't want to go at Trump because he's got a mouth and they're afraid he will light them up on Fox News".
On another Sunday talk show though, it sounded like Trump had already made a decision to sign the bill.
I'm going to limit my remarks about the Russian Federation situation and things like that.
Scaramucci was answering questions about a report in the Washington Post which cited intelligence intercepts to say departing Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak told superiors he discussed the Trump campaign with Jeff Sessions in meetings in 2016.
"We are a little bit like brothers where we rough each other up once in a while - which is totally normal for brothers", he said. The European Union sounded an alarm on Saturday about moves in the U.S. Congress to step up U.S. sanctions on Russian Federation, urging Washington to keep coordinating with its G7 partners and warning of unintended consequences. He also apologized for calling Trump a hack and said the president still reminds him of his previous comments.
He announced the new press secretary to take over from Spicer, who resigned earlier on Friday, would be Sarah Sanders.
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