Did Scaramucci Out President Trump as ‘anonymous source?’
Anthony Scaramucci has an interesting style about him.
As we’ve learn quickly, he’s a New York I-talian. A hand-talker, and with that New York I-talian “swaggah.”
He’s dramatically different than any spokesperson we’ve seen to date. And his style mimics that of his boss. When Anthony Scaramucci talks, you really don’t quite know what he said.
The Hill reports, believes Scaramucci outed President Trump as his anonymous source:
Anthony Scaramucci, the recently named White House communications director, on Sunday outed President Trump as the anonymous source who had expressed doubt to him that Russia interfered in last year’s presidential election.
“How about it was the president, Jake?” Scaramucci told host Jake Tapper on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
“I talked to him yesterday, he called me from Air Force One, and he basically said to me: ‘Hey you know, maybe they did it, maybe they didn’t do it.’ ”
Scaramucci’s remark came after Tapper pushed back on Scaramucci’s vague claim that “somebody” claimed to him that Russian hackers are so sophisticated they never would have been detected if they had hacked the election.
“There’s a lot of disinformation out there,” Scaramucci told Tapper. “Somebody said to me yesterday — I won’t tell you who — that if the Russians actually hacked this situation and spilled out those emails, you would have never seen it, you would have never had any evidence of them.”
That’s a statement President Trump said some time ago.
Shortly thereafter, the intelligence community “leaked” that they could mimic how the Russians hack, with some sort of electronic fingerprint.
Is Scaramucci playing the press’ game, floating anonymous sources? Baiting the press, perhaps?
My observation is that Scaramucci flies by the seat of his pants. If he continues, his style won’t serve him or the president well. He might spend less time in front of the camera, and concentrate on building strategies behind the scenes.
Over time, Scaramucci may learn the discipline to not implicate anybody. Then, to speak in generalities. Finally, he can learn to set traps for the press and any potential leakers.
In this case, I suggest that Scaramucci indeed referred to the president. He could easily have just said that, as speculation doesn’t help the cause. As the Hill article suggests, the president has expressed doubt about Russia being the culprit. Further, as the inquisition continues stateside, it appears the Democrats find themselves in a death spiral.
A day before the president met with Russian president Vladimir Putin earlier this month, Trump publicly stated that “other people in other countries” could have meddled in the U.S. election, adding that “nobody really knows for sure.”
Let’s hope that Scaramucci learns the nuances of political-speak, so he himself doesn’t turn out to be a leaker.