Donald’s Trump’s new communications director has launched a foul-mouthed tirade at two senior colleagues – opening the door to an all-out civil war among those most-trusted by the US president.
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Anthony Scaramucci’s rant at Reince Priebus, Trump’s chief of staff, and Steve Bannon, the president’s chief strategist, came in a phone conversation with New Yorker correspondent Ryan Lizza.
Scaramucci was angry Lizza had tweeted the communications director was to have a White House dinner with Trump, Fox News host Sean Hannity, and former Fox News executive Bill Shine.
Lizza refused to tell Scaramucci who had leaked this to him, prompting the latter to reportedly say: “You’re an American citizen, this is a major catastrophe for the American country. So I’m asking you as an American patriot to give me a sense of who leaked it.”
Scaramucci then became convinced the leaker was Reince Priebus, Trump’s chief of staff, who he told Lizza was a “fucking paranoid schizophrenic”.
This is thought to be a reference to allegations Priebus had leaked the dinner details because he was upset he hadn’t been invited.
Scaramucci, speaking as if he was Priebus, continued: “Oh, Bill Shine is coming in. Let me leak the fucking thing and see if I can cock-block these people the way I cock-blocked Scaramucci for six months.”
Cock-blocking is slang for an action – sometimes unintentional – that prevents someone from having sex.
But Scaramucci is not thought to be using it in a literal sense; he’s substituting ‘sex’ for a ‘job in Trump’s team’.