Politics

Scarborough Calls Trump’s Chief Strategist ‘President Bannon’

MSNBC's "Morning Joe" co-host Joe Scarborough on Monday reacted to President Donald Trump attacking the London mayor on Twitter by referring to Trump's chief strategist Steve Bannon as "President Bannon."

Seven people were killed and at least 48 people were injured on Saturday in London following a terrorist attack, prompting Mayor Sadiq Khan to tell his constituents there was no reason to be alarmed by increased police presence in the streets.

Trump blasted the mayor a day after the attack for saying that there was "no reason to be alarmed."

Minutes before that tweet, he said people must stop being "politically correct."

Council on Foreign Relations President Richard Haass suggested Trump was criticizing Khan because he was Muslim and a member of the Labour Party.

"This is a way to get  out political signals. That's how it's perceived over there," Haass said.

He went on to say that these kinds of attacks further opposition to Americans in other countries and that Trump's criticism is "counter-productive."

"You know who this is? It's President Bannon. There is no doubt that President Bannon—this is what President Bannon promotes inside the White House and that is exactly what happened," Scarborough said.

"The reaction in London is increasingly one of exasperation and anger. You know, what the heck does the president of the United States think he's saying?" BBC anchor Katty Kay said.

This is not the first time that Scarborough has called Trump's chief strategist "President Bannon." He called him the "president" seven times in less than one minute last Friday, according to Axios.