Anthony Scaramucci Says Donald Trump 'Does Not Care About His Legacy'

Former White House Director of Communications Anthony Scaramucci has said President Donald Trump doesn't care what the legacy of his time in office will be because he'll be dead.

Scaramucci spoke to CNN host Chris Cuomo on Wednesday. Former Associate White House Counsel Jim Schultz was also a guest. He served in that capacity under Trump for most of 2017.

"Listen, it's terrible. Jim knows this because we did work together briefly in the office," Scaramucci said of Trump's ongoing efforts to dispute the results of the election through unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud.

"Jim was a hockey goalie taking shots on net of all this insanity and breaking them with great diplomacy. There is nobody like Jim left in the White House right now."

During his time in the administration, Schultz reported to then White House Counsel Don McGahn, who resigned in late 2018.

"So the president wants to transact," Scaramucci said.

"He wants to make money. He does not care about his legacy. He has told people privately, 'Why do I care about my legacy? I'll be dead.' So, he's looking at the next two, three weeks. How am I going to make money off this?

"How is this going to be good for me, post-presidency? Is there a chance I could still stay in the presidency? Ron Johnson and Rand Paul think there is a lot of unproven fraud. So, he's listening to those people, Chris. But trust me, this is all transactional from here until January 20."

President-elect Joe Biden is due to take office at noon on January 20, 2021. Lawsuits filed by the Trump campaign and other Republican litigants aimed at challenging the election results have been unsuccessful so far and the Electoral College affirmed Biden's win on December 14.

In the modern era, former presidents have devoted a great deal of time and effort to their post-presidency and maintaining the legacy of their accomplishments in office. This generally involves the creation of a presidential library and often the setting up of a foundation and other charitable work.

Former President Jimmy Carter, who also left office after just one term, won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002 - long after he'd departed the White House. Some former presidents also write memoires. Trump has made no public comments about his plans.

Anthony Scaramucci in New York in 2018
Anthony Scaramucci attends The Hollywood Reporter's Most Powerful People In Media 2018 at The Pool on April 12, 2018 in New York City. Scaramucci has said President Donald Trump doesn't care about his legacy. Ben Gabbe/Getty Images