Scaramucci: 'If the Leaks Don't Stop, I'm Going to Pare Down the Staff'

By Susan Jones | July 24, 2017 | 4:55 AM EDT

President Trump's new White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci holds his first press briefing on Friday, July 21, 2017.

( – Anthony Scaramucci, the new White House communications director, made the rounds of the Sunday talk shows, telling “Fox News Sunday” one of the first things he wants to do is “get the leaks stopped.”

“We’ve got to get the leaks stopped, Chris,” Scaramucci told host Chris Wallace. “I know that it's Washington, so it's going to be impossible to stop all of them, but I think what's going on right now is a high level of unprofessionalism and it's not serving the president.”

Scaramucci said, if the leaks don’t stop – “I am a businessperson, and so I will take dramatic action to stop those leaks.”

“What kind of drastic action?” Wallace asked Scaramucci.

I'm being very, very clear with people. As far as I'm concerned, that staff has amnesty. We'll see how they do with me at the helm. If the leaks don't stop, I'm going to pare down the staff because it's just not right, Chris. I think it's not fair to the president. It's actually not fair to America or the people in the government.

I'm not going to be able to stop the leaks in the intergovernmental agencies and all that other stuff, that's a whole different ball of wax. But something is going on inside the White House that the president does not like and we're going to fix it.

Wallace noted that the leaks aren’t coming just from the communications team, but Scaramucci said that’s where his focus is:

“I'm just focused on the communications team. As far as I'm concerned, it's a new start for everybody in that team and everybody in that team can stay as long as they follow the protocol of not leaking, because at the end of the day, the president is super upset about the leaks, it's unprofessional.”

Appearing on CBS's "Face the Nation," Scaramucci said leakers on his staff "are going to get fired."

"I'm  just going to make it very, very clear, OK? Tomorrow, I'm going to have a staff meeting. And it is going to be a very binary thing. I'm not going to make any prejudgments about anybody on that staff. If they want to stay on the staff, they're going to stop leaking.

"If the leaks continue, we are as strong as our weakest link. And I will say it a little differently in a pun. We're as strong as our weakest leak. So, if you guys want to keep leaking, why don't you guys all get together and make a decision as a team that you're going to stop leaking? But if you're going to keep leaking, I'm going to fire everybody. It's just very binary."

In addition to stopping leaks from the communications team, Scaramucci told "Fox News Sunday" he wants to “reset the culture” inside the communications department so people recognize that they’re “working with me, not for me,” and that all of them are there “to serve the president of the United States and his agenda.”

Scaramucci said he also wants to “refine the message from the White House.”

He said President Trump is “one of the most effective communicators that's ever been born, and we're going to make sure that we get that message out directly to the American people.”

Scaramucci said he wants to narrow the gap between “how certain people think of him and how I see him -- or say, someone like Ivanka sees him.”

At the end of the interview, the new communications director said, “We are going to reinvent the way we deliver information out of the White House because the world has changed.”

Scaramucci described the cell phone as personal radio station, TV station, and movie studio in your pocket: “The entire world has changed; we need to rethink the way we're delivering our information. And so, stay tuned.”

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