President Donald Trump's chief strategist Stephen Bannon is rarely in the spotlight.

Hedge fund manager Anthony Scaramucci, a Trump confidant, who spoke exclusively to TheStreet at a live event on Monday night in New York City, used to work for the man who hired Bannon at Goldman Sachs (GS)

"Bannon is one of the smartest people I know," Scaramucci said, adding that Bannon has read "every book" at Barnes & Noble twice.

Scarmucci praised Bannon's writing skills and can detect Bannon's style in some of President Trump's best speeches.

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He also said Bannon understands the economic divide in the U.S. better than anyone.

That's not all Anthony Scaramucci had to say during his lively interview with Michael Wolff.

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This article was written by a staff member of TheStreet.