Former White House communications director Anthony ScaramucciAnthony ScaramucciPresident sinks amid stumbles over protests Sunday shows preview: Protests against George Floyd’s death, police brutality rock the nation for a second week OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Former defense leaders pile on Trump criticism | Esper sends troops called to DC area home | US strikes Taliban in Afghanistan MORE on Tuesday cited “Trump fatigue” as one reason he thought former New York City Mayor Michael BloombergMichael BloombergEngel scrambles to fend off primary challenge from left It’s as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process Liberals embrace super PACs they once shunned MORE could defeat President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE in 2020 if he is able to secure the Democratic nomination.
While attending the SALT leadership conference in Abu Dhabi, Scaramucci, who served in the Trump administration for less than two weeks, said he thought Bloomberg could “beat the president,” according to CNBC.
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“If Mayor Bloomberg, if Mike were to get the nomination, he would beat the president,” Scaramucci said. “Those 15 percent to 18 percent of the people, I think they are exhausted. I think they have a level of Trump fatigue.”
Scaramucci praised Bloomberg as a strong candidate who will be able to separate himself from the crowded Democratic field.
“He’s a very sound guy and a very good business manager, and he’s been a very capable politician, so for those reasons, I think he’ll give him a big run. I think he’ll beat him,” he said.
Bloomberg was a late entry to the primary field last month and has since sunk tens of millions of dollars in television ads. The billionaire said he would not accept outside donations and is self-funding his campaign.
A national poll released last month after Bloomberg entered the race found him with the support of 3 percent of Democratic and left-leaning independent voters.
Scaramucci, who has become a frequent critic of the president, noted that Trump has diminished some of his accomplishments by lashing out at adversaries.
“Unfortunately, the president is often stepping on his message. He uses Twitter to ridicule people and to personally attack them, and I think it’s affected his standing and the public approval ratings, not just in the U.S. but around the world,” he said.
Scaramucci pointed to last week’s NATO summit as a recent example of Trump’s image being damaged.
“He has damaged his image. I don’t think America’s image, frankly, has been damaged yet by President Trump, but his image has been damaged. If you see the interaction at NATO or the G-7 over the summer, I think his image has been damaged,” he added.