Newt Knocks Steve Bannon for On-Record Interview: ‘Reminds Me of Scaramucci’


Newt Gingrich appeared on Fox & Friends Thursday morning and slammed Steve Bannon for his very candid interview with The American Prospect that was on-the-record, reportedly without the knowledge of the chief White House strategist.

Gingrich was asked about Bannon’s comments that “there is no military solution” to North Korea’s military threats.

“Until somebody solves the part of the equation that shows me that 10 million people in Seoul don’t die in the first 30 minutes from conventional weapons, I don’t know what you’re talking about, there’s no military solution here, they got us,” Bannon told the left-wing publication.

The former speaker of the House was asked if he agreed, to which he issued a casual “no.”

“For a practical reason,” he continued, arguing that a nuclear attack in one city in the United States “would change this country permanently.”

“I think we had better find a way to deal with North Korea,” he added.

Gingrich then knocked Bannon for discussing military policy with the magazine:

“Frankly, I don’t know what Bannon thinks he was accomplishing,” he said. “Maybe, if you’re senior White House adviser, it’s useful not to screw it up. If you’re senior White House adviser, you make your argument in the Oval Office, you make your argument in the chief of staff’s office.”

When reminded of reports Bannon thought the interview was off the record, Gingrich replied “oh baloney. Steve Bannon is a professional.”

“This reminds me of Scaramucci. You don’t go off and do this stuff,” Gingrich concluded.

That’s in reference to Anthony Scaramucci, of course, the White House communications director that lasted 10 beautiful days, one of which included a very explicit call to a New Yorker reporter that he also thought was off the record.

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