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McMaster addresses the Bannon rumors

Evan Vucci / AP

During an interview with Chuck Todd on Meet The Press this morning on NBC News, H.R. McMaster addressed the Steve Bannon rumors, specifically whether or not they can work together despite Trump's suspicions of Bannon leaking. Todd asked McMaster if he and Bannon could continue working in the same White House: "I am ready to work with anybody who will help advance the president's agenda and advance the security, prosperity of the American people."

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