Scaramucci caught on hot mic saying he wanted to send Zucker a message that ‘we’re back in business’

White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci is looking for a reset in the contentious relationship the Trump administration has had with CNN.

Scaramucci was caught on a hot mic between appearances on the Sunday talk shows explaining that he called on CNN’s Sara Murray at his first press briefing on Friday to “send a message” to network president Jeff Zucker.

That message being that “we are back in business,” according to transcripts of the comments caught on the open mic obtained by BuzzFeed News.

“In the back of my mind I have to call on CNN and send a message to Zucker that we are back in business,” Scaramucci reportedly said.

It would certainly behoove both parties to cease-fire in what has amounted to a blood feud.

Scarmucci said Zucker “helped me get the job by hitting those guys” — a reference to the three CNN employees who resigned after the network retracted an article saying Congress was investigating a Russian investment fund with ties to Trump officials.

The report mentioned Scaramucci, who received an apology afterwards.

…of which, he accepted:

Scaramucci joked Sunday that Zucker is “not getting a placement fee for getting me the job.”

Scaramucci spoke with BuzzFeed Sunday night, saying he is looking to tone down the animosity with CNN and hopefully change the network’s mostly negative coverage of the administration.

“I’m trying to deescalate the tension across the entire media spectrum,” Scaramucci offered. “Breitbart would be on the right and CNN would be on the left. I intentionally sought out both to send a symbolic message that we are trying to deescalate.”

 

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