WASHINGTON, U.S. - In his first national media debut, the new White House communications director, Anthony Scaramucci on Sunday vowed to end the leaks that have embarrassed President Trump's administration.
Scaramucci, who was appointed last week to serve as communications director, prompting White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer's resignation, also revealed a White House roiled by infighting.
Scaramucci's appointment also set off the latest in a series of leaks describing White House power struggles and the new communications director promised to end the very thing that has led to controversies related to Trump's struggles.
Speaking in an interview on Fox News, he said, "I will take dramatic action to stop those leaks."
Further, if the leaks didn't stop, he said, he would "pare down the staff," adding that the leaks are "just not right."
Adding, "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 different ball of wax. But something is going on in the White House that the president does not like, and we're going to fix it."
Later, speaking on CBS, Scaramucci said he will work on "culturally changing" the environment at the White House.
Adding, "If they're going to stay on that staff, they're going to stop leaking. If you're going to keep leaking, I'm going to fire everybody."
Ever since Trump assumed presidency, his White House has faced several leaks, most of which he has decried and called for investigations on the leakers. found.
Scaramucci meanwhile said that the media has made some "fake news," and there are some in the press who "stretch or fabricate things."
He added that he hopes to reset the relationship with the media and refine the message from the White House.
Scaramucci also added that the administration needs to make sure Trump's message gets out to the American people, while touting Trump's communication skills and accomplishments.
He said, "He's one of the most effective communicators that has ever been born. And so we're going to make sure to get that message out directly to the American people."
Speaking on CNN, Scaramucci said he thinks the White House needs to "deliver the messaging a little bit differently than we've been doing it in the past."
The new communications boss also addressed the White House's relationship with the media.
In contrast to the tone taken by previous officials from the White House, Scaramucci appeared to take a calmer tone with the media, saying he wants to create a "fresh start for everybody."
He said, "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 want to sort of hold them accountable, too."
He also sought to address the Russia situation and said, "We certainly want to de-escalate things. I think the Russian situation is overblown."
Further, commenting on the debate on the presidential pardons, Scaramucci said the president does not have to pardon anyone in connection with the Russia investigation.
He said, "He's basically saying he doesn't have to pardon anybody. The president is thinking about pardoning nobody ... The president is not going to have to pardon anybody because the Russia thing is a nonsensical thing."