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A week ago, after Trump had criticized him as a ‘never Trumper,’ Scully tweeted “@Scaramucci should I respond to Trump.” [Anthony] Scaramucci, a former Trump communications director and now a critic of the president, advised Scully to ignore him.

Scully said that when he saw his tweet had created a controversy, ‘I falsely claimed that my Twitter account had been hacked.’

He had been frustrated by Trump’s comments and several weeks of criticism on social media and conservative news outlets about his role as moderator, including attacks directed at his family, he said.

‘These were both errors in judgement for which I am totally responsible for,’ Scully said. ‘I apologize.’