CNN reported on Tuesday that Trump was aware of Scaramucci's public jabs at Kelly in recent days, and that the president had not intervened and had not asked his former White House communications director to stop. Trump's silence has effectively "emboldened" Scaramucci to continue cutting down Kelly in public, according to CNN.
Scaramucci pushed back during a phone interview Wednesday on CNBC's "Halftime Report." He said Trump "has not" given him the green light to discuss Kelly. "It's not something that I would even talk about," he added.
"Those are personal statements of mine, they have nothing to do with anybody else, and I don't know why that's being reported," Scaramucci said of the CNN report. "I'm entitled to my opinion [and] General Kelly has his opinion of me."
Kelly, in his first big act as Trump's chief of staff, fired Scaramucci in July — just under two weeks after Trump appointed Scaramucci as communications director. Since then, Scaramucci has criticized Kelly on several occasions. In a recent interview with Bloomberg News, he referred to the retired Marine general as "General Jackass."