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Scaramucci vs. CNN Panel: Trump Is Being Very Presidential

Former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci defended President Donald Trump against critics who slammed Trump for saying he doesn’t have to be presidential, in a panel discussion with CNN’s Jim Acosta, Bakari Sellers, Neera Tanden, and Amanda Carpenter.

“This is the mistake everybody’s making about him,” Scaramucci said. “He’s obviously very presidential.”

“In what way?” Acosta asked, getting some laughs.

“What are you talking about?” the Mooch asked. “Let’s go to the North Korean situation. I think he’s breaking new presidential ground in the North Korea situation.”

"Paying off a porn star is presidential?†Sellers asked, referring to Stormy Daniels.

“He didn’t pay off a porn star,” the Mooch said. "The guy is presidential because he is the president.”

CNN’s Amanda Carpenter said: “No, that’s not how this works!”

SCARAMUCCI: He’s going to win again in 2020. I mean, we may have to get a couch in here for some of you people. I mean, just —

CARPENTER: What is this kind of talk that everything is like if you raise an objection and you don’t like him, you need therapist, get on the couch.

SELLERS: You can’t — but you can’t — you can’t rebut anything that I said about being presidential.

SCARAMUCCI: No. I actually can. Let’s talk about it. OK?

SELLERS: Paying off a porn star is presidential?

SCARAMUCCI: Deregulation — he didn’t pay off a porn star.

CARPENTER: His lawyer did.

(LAUGHTER)

TANDEN: Do you know he didn’t pay off the porn star?

ACOSTA: You can’t say definitively — he did not pay off Stormy Daniels, right? You can’t —

SCARAMUCCI: Hold on a second. Well, Michael Cohen can say that definitively.

CARPENTER: Definitively —

(CROSSTALK)

SCARAMUCCI: Why was that payment made?

Michael Cohen has been On the Record definitively saying — you got to ask Michael Cohen why the payment was paid but it was paid by Michael Cohen with Michael Cohen’s money and so at the end of the day I would be very careful if I was Stormy Daniels —

ACOSTA: Yes because the check doesn’t have the president’s signature on it.

TANDEN: There’s a side agreement that’s physically with Donald Trump.

SCARAMUCCI: No. Let’s see — let’s see — let’s see

CARPENTER: I can tell you what we can definitively say —

(CROSSTALK)

SCARAMUCCI: Let’s bring it back in. The guy is presidential because he is the president —

CARPENTER: No, that’s not how it works. …read more

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