Incoming WH communications director Anthony Scaramucci discusses stopping internal Trump administration leaks with 'Fox News Sunday' host Chris Wallace.
"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," he said, suggesting that if the leaks don't stop, the White House staff will be "pared down."
WALLACE: I want to pick up on the leaks. You say you're willing to take drastic action to stop them. Now, these are leaks both coming from inside the White House and also from what's called the deep state, people in the bureaucracy, particularly the intelligence agencies or law enforcement. What kind of drastic action?
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: Well, you say pare down the staff. I mean, this isn't coming just from the communications team. Are you saying that you've been given carte blanche -- you've given authority by the president?
SCARAMUCCI: No, I'm just -- 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. And so, you're asking what the four steps are, that's going to be one of my first steps.
WALLACE: Do you believe that the mainstream media deliberately puts out fake news about this president?
SCARAMUCCI: There is some fake news, unfortunately. When you see the mainstream media, I think that's a very broad statement. And so, what I would like to say, and what I would like to believe, there still a level of objectivity in the mainstream media, but unfortunately, there are specific individuals that do stretch stories or do fabricate things.
I've been the victim of it myself, and so, it's definitely there, Chris. I don't think we can dial that down, but we can use the mechanisms of social media and the president's presence in social media to hop over that if necessary.
But what I would say to you is that the good news here is that it's a fresh start for everybody. I certainly want to engage the mainstream media. I expect that they're going to want to hold me and the White House accountable, but we're going to sort of want to hold them accountable, too. So, I'm hoping that it will be symmetry in that relationship.