The Mooch continued: “He gets this whole nefarious research packet over to The New York Times. They love this stuff. Boom: HNA is this mysterious, nefarious company. Then he goes to [Steve] Bannon [then Trump’s chief strategist] and he says, ‘I’m gonna get you on the National Security Council if that’s where you want to go, but you’ve got to join forces with me and take out Scaramucci.’” (A source close to Bannon said it was “laughable” to think that he agreed to join forces with Priebus against Scaramucci to get on the N.S.C.) Scaramucci continued, “I helped Bannon through the three months that he was on the campaign, and we had a good relationship. But Bannon turns on me, because Bannon is ultimately railing against the swamp, but he’s actually a cock of the swamp. He’s the creature from the Black Lagoon, Bannon. He acts more swamp-like than any person that’s ever become a Washingtonian. So for all of his railing on the swamp, he is literally the pig in George Orwell’s Animal Farm that stands on his two legs the minute he gets power. He is the creature from the Black Lagoon.

“Now I realize that he’s turned on me and I go to see him,” he continued. “I said, ‘You’re out of your mind. Why have you turned on me?’ The O.P.L. [job] got put on ice because of ‘China, China, China and Reince, Reince, Reince.’ I pushed Priebus. I say, ‘Hey, we’re gonna be in trouble here now because you’re lying to the president about me.’ He says, ‘O.K. Don’t go to the press on that. I’m gonna give you one of these ambassadorships. You’ll be the ambassador to the O.E.C.D.’”