CNN Host Spars with Anthony Scaramucci After He Calls Sarah Sanders an 'Honest Broker'

The day after President Donald Trump announced that Sarah Huckabee Sanders would be leaving the White House, former Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci sparred on live TV with a CNN host over the short-time Trump staffer's description of Sanders an "honest broker."

"She did a great job. I know people have mixed views of her in places like this but I love her," Scaramucci said during an appearance Friday morning on CNN's New Day. "I think she did a great job and she's an honest broker."

CNN host Alisyn Camerota interrupted Scaramucci, asking, "You think so?" To which the former investment banker said that he did.

"She did admit in the Mueller report that she lied," Camerota noted. According to Special Counsel Robert Mueller, Sanders told federal investigators that she provided reporters baseless information related to former FBI Director James Comey's firing.

"It's very tough," Scaramucci, whose tenure at the White House lasted less than one week, said. "Alisyn, you're looking for purity and you're not going to get it in any of us."

Camerota went on to tell Scaramucci that she is looking for honesty from Sanders and other public officials.

"I know you are," Scaramucci responded before telling Camerota not to be "sanctimonious" and that "we all have touches of gray in our personality."

When asked if the American public deserves the truth from their White House press secretary, Scaramucci said that Sanders did "the best of her capability and best of her intent in each and every situation she absolutely tried to do that."

He continued: "Did she make mistakes? Did she say things that she wanted to course correct? No question. Tell me a person in our civilization that hasn't had to do that in their life."

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White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders talks to reporters after being interviewed on FOX News outside the White House April 29, 2019 in Washington, D.C. In lieu of regular press briefings inside the White House, Sanders now regularly stops to talk to reporters after being interviewed by FOX and Friends. Sanders will be leaving the Trump administration at the end of June. Getty/Chip Somodevilla

Trump announced in a tweet on Thursday that Sanders would be leaving the administration at the end of June. In his tweet, Trump also urged Sanders to run for governor of Arkansas.

"After 3 1/2 years, our wonderful Sarah Huckabee Sanders will be leaving the White House at the end of the month and going home to the Great State of Arkansas," Trump wrote. "She is a very special person with extraordinary talents, who has done an incredible job! I hope she decides to run for Governor of Arkansas - she would be fantastic. Sarah, thank you for a job well done!"

Sanders, the daughter of former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, was a member of Trump's communications team during his 2016 presidential campaign and joined the administration as deputy White House press secretary after the election. The 36-year-old Republican took over as White House press secretary in July 2017, after the resignation of Sean Spicer. While Sanders stayed in the top communications role the longest of any of Trump's hires, she had not held a White House press briefing in 94 days at the time her exit was announced.

Sanders called her time as White House press secretary the "honor" and "opportunity of a lifetime" while speaking at an event on Thursday. She added that she's "loved every minute, even the hard minutes" and that she will continue to be "one of the most outspoken and loyal supporters" of President Trump.