Scaramucci tells Colbert he'd ax top Trump advisor Bannon

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Scaramucci tells Colbert he'd ax top Trump advisor Bannon

"Get Lorne Michaels to call me", he responded. I've spoken with him on a number of occasions over the past few months. "I'm not allowed to joke anymore". He likes English tea ("a cuppa", he says).

With that out of the way, Colbert said he had one "gotcha" question for Scaramucci.

President Trump and Murdoch, who were both media celebrities in NY, are well acquainted with each other.

In the first half (which you can watch above), Colbert grilled Scaramucci on topics ranging from Trump's sincerity to the Mooch's unprecedented chat with a reporter from The New Yorker that ultimately likely led to his dismissal. Still, it's a refreshing departure from the various press secretaries and dead-eyed advisers the White House normally trots out, who knee-jerk defend the president with assaults on reality while dismissing out of hand the idea that the least qualified president in memory could have made a mistake.

"It is hard to express how heartbreaking it is to see this happening in our country", Colbert said. "He's a good person, he actually gets a very unfair press in that regard".

"It was late...but he did go to the White House and he did make a statement...and he was very declarative against it", he said, defending his former boss.

CHUCK TODD: You didn't answer, can you and Steve Bannon work in the same White House?

Bannon, Mr. Trump's chief strategist, once declared the site was considered "the platform for the alt-right".

To get a tip of what Scaramucci thinks, you may want to take a look at his tweets.

WASHINGTON-President Donald Trump refused on Tuesday to guarantee the job security of his embattled chief strategist, Steve Bannon, defending Bannon as "not a racist" and "a friend" but repeating his jibe that he had been a Johnny-come-lately to the Trump campaign. But using Scaramucci to score easy rhetorical points against the president didn't really seem the point of having the former aide on.

He also warns that the president would alienate his most loyal supporters if he fires Bannon. But President Trump insisted last week that he supports McMaster.

Mr Bannon's ideological leanings are nothing new. As well, white nationalists are a small but solid part of Trump's "core" support. Following the deadly events of the weekend, where white supremacists created a deadly fracas in Charlottesville, Va., Scaramucci still chose to defend a president that has come in for criticism from politicos across the ideological spectrum.

One of the most important ones is Rebekah Mercer.

Murdoch chairs NewsCorp - the parent company of the tabloid New York Post and conservative news outlets Fox News and Heat Street.

What Trump needs to ask himself, however, is whether the cost of easing Bannon out will overpower the benefits of getting rid of him.

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