Former White House strategist Stephen Bannon did not mince words when asked about his former White House colleagues during an interview with CBS News, in which Bannon suggested that disgruntled members of the Trump administration should resign before making their anger public.
In particular, Bannon set his sights on Gary Cohn, the investment banker who currently serves as Director of the National Economic Council and chief economic advisor to President Donald Trump. Bannon blasted Cohn for criticizing Trumpâs response to the deadly Charlottesville clashes instead of simply leaving the White House.
âIf youâre going to break with [Trump], resign,â Bannon told CBS anchor Charlie Rose. âThe stuff that was leaked out that week by certain members of the White House, I thought that was unacceptable. If you find it unacceptable, you should resign.â
When pressed as to who he was referring to, Bannon fired back: âIâm talking about â obviously about Gary Cohn and some other people. If you donât like what heâs doing, and you donât agree with it, you have an obligation to resign.â
âSo Gary Cohn should have resigned?â Rose asked.
âAbsolutely,â Bannon replied without hesitation.
Last month, Cohn condemned the response of the Trump administration â and that of the president himself â to violence between white supremacists and counter-protesters.
âI believe this administration can and must do better in consistently and unequivocally condemning these groups and do everything we can to heal the deep divisions that exist in our communities,â he told the Financial Times.
In a not-so-subtle jab at Trumpâs maligned âmany sidesâ remarks, Cohn said: âCitizens standing up for equality and freedom can never be equated with white supremacists, neo-Nazis, and the KKK.â
After dismissing Cohn, Bannon said that he would continue to serve as a âstreet fighterâ for Trump even after leaving the White House.
âBy the way, I think thatâs why President Trump and I get along,â he said. âDonald Trumpâs a fighter, great counterpuncher. Heâs a fighter. Iâm going to be his wingman outside for the entire time.â