Scaramucci refuses to say if Bannon is a white supremacistby Richard Bailey 13/08/2017 18:59:00 0 comments 1 Views
- Former Trump aide Anthony Scaramucci said he didn't know if White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon was a white supremacist or a white nationalist
- 'But I think the toleration of it by Steve Bannon is inexcusable,' the former White House communications director told ABC News' Rick Klein
- Scaramucci assigned blame to Bannon for President Trump's poor messaging in the aftermath of the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia over the weekend
By Nikki Schwab, U.s. Political Reporter For Dailymail.com
Published: 14:19 EDT, 13 August 2017 | Updated: 18:59 EDT, 13 August 2017
Former White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci continued his assault on President Trump's Chief Strategist Steve Bannon, saying he didn't know if Bannon is a white supremacist or white nationalist.
'You know, I don't know, I mean I've never sat down with Steve Bannon and said, "Hey, are you a white nationalist or a white supremacist?"' Scaramucci answered when asked the question by ABC News' Rick Klein. 'But I think the toleration of it by Steve Bannon is inexcusable.'
Scaramucci, doing a trio of interviews on Sunday, blamed Bannon's ideology for some of the president's recent missteps, including Trump's much-panned response to the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia on Saturday.
He also hinted that Bannon could soon be ousted, advising the president to move away from this 'Bannon-bart nonsense.'
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Former White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci continued to publicly criticize Steve Bannon, going as far to say he wasn't sure if Bannon was a white supremacist or white nationalist
Chief Strategist Steve Bannon was blamed by Anthony Scaramucci for President Trump's widely-panned messaging over the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, in which Trump seemed to equate neo-Nazis and white nationalists with the hate groups' counter-protesters
ABC News' Rick Klein (left), in a Facebook live with Anthony Scaramucci (right) on Sunday, asked point blank Scaramucci's view on Bannon's beliefs
The Mooch was back on television Sunday morning, for an appearance on George Stephanopoulos' Sunday show, This Week. He then appeared on Facebook Live and Periscope. On Monday, he'll appear on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert
After two appearances with ABC News journalists, Anthony Scaramucci took more questions during a live Periscope event
On Saturday, Trump had condemned the violence on 'many sides,' whereas a neo-Nazi used his car as a weapon to mow down counter-protesters, killing one and injuring 19 others.
The president was criticized for seemingly equating neo-Nazis and white nationalists with the counter-protesters marching against the hate groups' racist messaging.
During a sit-down with George Stephanopoulos on ABC's This Week, Scaramucci blamed Trump's tone deaf response on White House staffers being reluctant to tell him the truth.
'Maybe Ivanka would do that ... maybe Jared would do that, but you've also got this sort of Bannon-bart influence in there, which I think is a snag on the president,' Scaramucci said, mushing together Bannon's name with the publication, Breitbart, which the White House aide formerly ran.
'If the president really wants to execute that legislative agenda that I think is so promising for the American people, the lower-middle class people and the middle class people, then he has to move away from that sort of Bannon-bart nonsense,' Scaramucci added.
'The whole thing is nonsensical. It's not serving the president's interest,' Scaramucci said of Bannon's positions, which tend to be nationalist in nature.
The former White House communications director, who was fired on his 11th day on the job after he blasted Bannon and now former Chief of Staff Reince Priebus in a phone call with the New Yorker's Ryan Lizza, also hinted that Bannon's tenure might be ending soon too.
'I think the president knows what he's going to do with Steve Bannon,' Scaramucci told Stephanopoulos.
Stephanopoulos asked him for more details.
'Let's leave it up to the president. It's his decision, but at the end of the day, the president has a very good idea of who the leakers are inside the White House,' Scaramucci said.
Previously, Scaramucci had suggested Priebus was one of the leakers.
Priebus was pushed out of his position shortly thereafter.
'The president has a very good idea of the people who are undermining his agenda that are serving their own interests,' Scaramucci added.
When Stephanopoulos asked if Bannon was self-serving, the former communications director said yes.
After appearing on This Week, Scaramucci did a Facebook Live with ABC News, where he sat down with Klein.
'Is Steve Bannon a white nationalist or a white supremacist in your view?' Klein directly asked.
Scaramucci replied with a shrug, saying he didn't know.
Scaramucci, or 'The Mooch' as he's often called, finished off his trio of interviews by taking questions on Periscope.
While many questions were on the lighter side – he explained he wore women's sunglasses because they look good on his face shape, and expressed his love for Fruit Loops – he also spoke regretfully about his White House exit.
Scaramucci pointed to a photo he uses as part of his Twitter profile, where he's pictured next to Gens. David Petraeus and John Campbell saying it't an 'inside joke' because the two retired generals 'happen to like me.'
He connected that to being axed as new White House chief of staff, Gen. John Kelly, was cleaning house.
'I sort of feel like if Gen. Kelly knew me, he knew me better, he would have known and I'll state this on the record, I could have certainly worked underneath him, I had no problem with that,' Scaramucci said.
'My ego is not such that I need to report directly to the president,' he added, suggesting that that tidbit had been reported to help usher his ouster.
'I wish him well,' Scaramucci said of Kelly.