Scaramucci: Author's Claim That Trump Didn't Want to Win Election Is 'Nonsense'
Former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci called on Steve Bannon to walk back his comments about the president's son committing a "treasonous" act by meeting in 2016 at Trump Tower with a Russian lawyer.
"Donald J. Trump Jr. is a very honest person," said Scaramucci, adding Bannon made a mistake with his comments "if he said them."
The former hedge fund manager, who clashed with Bannon during his brief time in the White House over the summer, "soundly rejected" the notion that the president needs Bannon's support to keep the support of his base.
"My prediction is even Breitbart will break from Bannon if he doesn't drop the nonsense and come back into the fold," said Scaramucci, who also denied recent reports that he could rejoin the White House.
He also took exception to author Michael Wolff's claims that Trump did not truly want to win the presidency, calling it "total nonsense."
"He left everything on the field. He wanted to win more than everybody," said Scaramucci, noting Trump was a tireless campaigner, going to states like Michigan and Wisconsin which pundits believed he had no chance to win.
Previewing his book, "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House," Wolff writes:
Once he lost, Trump would be both insanely famous and a martyr to Crooked Hillary. His daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared would be international celebrities. Steve Bannon would become the de facto head of the tea-party movement. Kellyanne Conway would be a cable-news star. Melania Trump, who had been assured by her husband that he wouldn’t become president, could return to inconspicuously lunching. Losing would work out for everybody. Losing was winning.
In a statement on Wednesday, President Trump tore into Bannon and downplayed Bannon's role in the campaign and in the administration, where he served as chief strategist until August 2017.
"Steve Bannon has nothing to do with me or my Presidency. When he was fired, he not only lost his job, he lost his mind," said Trump.
Bannon was quoted by Wolff going after Donald Trump Jr., Paul Manafort and Jared Kushner for agreeing to the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting in an apparent effort to obtain "dirt" on Hillary Clinton.
"Even if you thought that this was not treasonous, or unpatriotic, or bad s**t, and I happen to think it’s all of that, you should have called the FBI immediately," Bannon said.
Watch the interview above.