President Trump's new communications chief likened the protracted Republican battle to end ObamaCare with Abraham Lincoln's fight to end slavery, the Guardian reports. Anthony Scaramucci tells the BBC that Lincoln needed patience to push through his agenda. "It took Lincoln three or four times to get what he wanted from the Senate and the House of Representatives, which was the full abolition of slavery—that was a much tougher thing to get done than what we’re working on right now." After six months in office, he says Trump is not facing undue resistance from his own party in his bid to repeal the health care law. "It took 22 months for President Obama to get what he wanted from the legislature," Scaramucci adds.
"If we get ObamaCare repealed and replaced, which I predict will still happen, and we get a level of tax reform that we haven’t seen since 1986 and we do that inside of a 12-month period of the presidency, I think that will be remarkable." On the job five days, the tough-talking ex-Wall Streeter blasted "backstabbing" Capitol culture. "Where I grew up," he says, "we’re front-stabbers. We like to tell you exactly where we’re from and what we’re doing." On the president's particular personality, he adds, "If you can handle his temperament—which I happen to love—then you are going to do great with the president." The wide-ranging interview sent "British Twitter into a frenzy," reports Huffington Post UK, which keyed in on a few other points. (Sean Spicer reportedly called Scaramucci's hire a "major mistake.")