McMaster Dodges Questions About Working With Bannon

Speaking with ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos on This Week, Scaramucci criticized the influence of the website Breitbart and Steve Bannon, who was the executive chairman of Breitbart before joining the Trump campaign and later the administration, saying that there's "this sort of "Bannon-bart" influence" in the White House that he thinks "is a snag on the president".

"I wouldn't have recommended that statement", Scaramucci said on ABC News' "This Week". I think he needed to be much harsher as it related to the white supremacists.

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

The former White House staffer's comments come at the same time Trump's daughter Ivanka took to social media to condemn the racist violence that saw one man driver a auto into a crowd of people. "This hate and division must stop, and it must stop now".

"I am ready to work with anybody to help advance the president's agenda and advance the security, prosperity of the American people", McMaster responded. Though the interview and subsequent Facebook live Q&A were full of his usual Trump ass-kissing, The Mooch pointedly insisted that the president take a firm stand against racism.

SCARAMUCCI: Well, I think the president knows what he's going to do with Steve Bannon.

In Charlottesville, Virginia on Saturday, white nationalists and counter-protesters clashed in riots that turned deadly, resulting in three deaths and several injuries.

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Two senior Trump advisers - one inside the White House and another who recently departed - signaled Sunday that the knives are out for Steve Bannon, President Donald Trump's controversial chief strategist. "The president has a very good idea of the people who are undermining his agenda, that are serving their own interests", Scaramucci added.

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

Scaramucci's appearance on "This Week" was his first major public interview since being fired last month after launching into a profanity-laced rant on a call with New Yorker reporter Ryan Lizza.

Scaramucci's brief tenure had been marked by turmoil as he feuded publicly with then-White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus.

Scaramucci complained that what Lizza did was "very deceitful" while also taking responsibility. "The president's going to do what he wants to do, how he wants to do it".

"Listen, there's probably mutual disappointment on both sides, again I have to be accountable for what I did and I am", he said.

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