Published: Mon, August 14, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

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

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

That's what former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci had to say about how President Trump handled his response to the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia on Saturday.

Scaramucci - who held the top White House communications job for just 11 days - urged current administration officials to directly disagree with Trump if he's wrong, but hypothesized that the president responded in that way because he "likes doing the opposite of what the media thinks he's going to do", and he is "of the impression that there is hatred on all sides".

"Well, obviously, I wish they would give me a bar of soap and tell me to go wash my mouth out in the bathroom and move on", Scaramucci said during the ABC interview. "I think [Trump] needed to be much harsher as it related to white supremacists".

"And whether it's domestic or global terrorism, with the moral authority of the presidency you have to call that stuff out", he said.

He said President Trump needed to bring in "more loyalists" in order to carry out his agenda. "This hate and division must stop, and it must stop now".

The Wall Street financier criticised the influence of Mr Bannon and the right-wing Breitbart News website that he was the driving force behind.

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He did not elaborate on what "that sort of nonsense" was, either, on the back of Breitbart News declaring the Unite the Right rally a "dereliction of American values" and "a disgusting and unwelcome throwback to segregationist ideas and rhetoric at a time when patriotic conservatism is gaining ground" on Saturday night. Scaramucci today said that "for the record, I thought that was off the record". Republicans and Democrats immediately criticized Trump's lackluster condemnation.

In what is being considered a dodge of the question of whether he can work with White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster refused to single out Bannon - or even mention him by name - in an appearance Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press".

"I think the president knows what he's going to do with Steve Bannon", he said, adding, "Let's leave it up to the president, it's his decision".

On ABC, Scaramucci said he had talked to Trump in the past week and hinted ominously at Bannon's future.

"We must all come together as Americans - and be one country UNITED".

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". I'm accountable for the mistake.

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