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Scaramucci to Scale Back His Media Profile After Fallout from New Yorker Interview

Anthony Scaramucci, the new White House Communications Director, appears to be regretting the explosive interview that he gave The New Yorker’s Ryan Lizza on Wednesday, which the magazine posted online on Thursday afternoon. On Friday, Axios reported that he will be greatly reducing his interaction with the media.

Citing “sources with direct knowledge,” Axios reports that Scaramucci will especially be cutting back on direct interactions with individual reporters, as he felt “burned” by Lizza. That matches what he tweeted on Thursday.

Apparently, Scaramucci told friends he had the impression that what he said to Lizza was not for public consumption.

On Friday’s edition of CNN’s “New Day,” though, Lizza made clear that the conversation was on the record. “There is no ambiguity about this,” he said. “The communications director at the White House called me and we conducted an interview, without setting any ground rules at the top.”

Lizza added that he and Scaramucci spoke again the next day before he published his article, this time in a conversation were the latter said: “Look I understand that interview was not off the record, totally within your rights to publish it.” Per Axios, Scaramucci is saying privately that he made a mistake with “the protocol.”

Neither the Axios report nor Scaramucci’s public comments include an explanation of why he may have thought that he was speaking to Lizza off the record.