Former pro-Trump CNN commentator Jeffrey Lord said he received a call from Steve Bannon, chief strategist to President Trump, after he was fired on Thursday by the cable news network for tweeting a Nazi salute at a liberal activist.
Lord received the call in his mother’s living room at her home in Camp Hill, Pa., according to PennLive.com.
“It’s Stephen K. Bannon,” Lord said as he saw the caller ID. “I have to take this.”
He said, “absolutely,” as he moved from the living room to his home office. The call ended after Lord told Bannon there was a reporter in the house.
Beyond saying Bannon called to encourage him, Lord wouldn’t offer any specifics of what Bannon told him.
Lord was let go from CNN after he tweeted the words “Sieg Heil!” at Angelo Carusone, the president of Media Matters. The two had an ongoing spat over his defense of Fox News’ Sean Hannity.
“Nazi salutes are indefensible,” a CNN spokesperson said in a statement. “Jeffrey Lord is no longer with the network.”
Lord told the Washington Examiner that he meant to mock Carusone and the firing was “out of the blue,” but that it was an “amicable” parting on his end.
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