People within the White House are trying to get rid of President Donald Trump, says his former communications director Anthony Scaramucci.
Mr Scaramucci made the claims in an interview with ABC as he spoke publicly for the first time following his dismissal by the President after just 10 days in the job.
“The President is not a representative of the political establishment class,” he said.
“So for whatever reason the people have made a decision that they want to eject him.
“I think there are elements inside of Washington, also inclusive in the White House, that are not necessarily abetting the President’s interests or his agenda.”
Interviewer George Stephanopoulos asked him who he was referred to, but Mr Scaramucci said only that he had already “named some names”.
He added that the President needed “more loyalists” to implement his plans.
The Trump administration has been plagued by leaks from within the White House, including accounts of Mr Trump’s meeting with foreign leaders and diplomats.
During his brief time at the White House, Mr Scaramucci promised to take a hard line against leakers.
At the time the Justice Department called the number of leaks “staggering” and said they were “undermining the ability of our government to function and to protect this country”.
In the interview Mr Scaramucci also criticised his former boss’ handling of violent protests involving white supremacists in Charlottesville in Virginia.
Mr Scaramucci said the events should be called terrorism and that the President needed to be “much harsher as it related to the white supremacists” in his statement on the violence.
A former Wall Street financier, Mr Scaramucci was fired from his job at the end of a chaotic 10 days which started with White House press secretary Steve Spicer resigning.
A phone recording between Mr Scaramucci and a journalist was then released in which the communications directly attacked then White House chief of staff Reince Priebus.
He also insulted chief strategist Steve Bannon in a profanity-filled rant.
Mr Scaramucci was asked to leave when Mr Trump named General John Kelly his new chief of staff and tasked him with restoring calm.
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