Scaramucci: Bannon's 'toleration' of white nationalism is 'inexcusable'

Claudine Rigal
Août 13, 2017

Anthony Scaramucci returned Sunday to the national spotlight and defended the circumstances behind his ouster last month after only 10 days as White House communications director while suggesting West Wing rival Steve Bannon may also be on his way out.

Scaramucci said the president can't be told what to do, but said those around him should "give him direct advice" and "be blunt with him".

"I wouldn't have recommended that statement".

"I've never sat down with Steve Bannon and said, 'Hey, are you a white nationalist or a white supremacist?' But I think the toleration of it by Steve Bannon is inexcusable", Scaramucci said. "Whether it's domestic or global terrorism, with the moral authority of the presidency, you have to call that stuff out".

At the end of the interview, Todd repeatedly asked McMaster if he could work together with Bannon, but McMaster wouldn't answer.

The former communications director also addressed the expletive-laden tirade in which he referred to then-Chief of Staff Reince Priebus as a "f**king paranoid schizophrenic, a paranoiac", and hit out at Steve Bannon, stating "I'm not Steve Bannon".

Scaramucci said Trump "has to move away from that sort of Bannon-bart nonsense" and "move more to the mainstream" way of thinking that is embraced by most moderate Republicans and independents. It's not serving the president's interests.

And McMaster delivered another vague reply, "I believe anyone that works in the White House who has the privilege, the great privilege every day, of serving their nation should be motivated by that goal".

When asked by Stephanopoulos if that influence stemmed from Bannon, Scaramucci said, "I think the president knows what he's going to do with Steve Bannon".

"If you are on the McMaster side, you do not like this memo because you read it and you say, 'Hey is he talking about me?"

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