WASHINGTON (Circa) - An MSNBC interview with the U.S. Coast Guard appears to show a background member flashing a white power hand sign.
US Coast Guard on hand gesture seen used by a support staff member (bottom left) during an interview on @MSNBC this afternoon:— MSNBC (@MSNBC) September 15, 2018
"The Coast Guard has identified the member and removed him from the response. His actions do not reflect those of the United States Coast Guard." pic.twitter.com/jjwZmCFFBI
In the video above, the support staff member in the bottom left is seen using a hand gesture associated with white supremacy.
MSNBC was interviewing Captain John Reed, the head of the response efforts for Hurricane Florence in Charleston, South Carolina. Following the interview, the U.S. Coast Guard released a response on Twitter that the man shown making the gesture has been removed from the Florence response efforts.
We are aware of the offensive video on twitter - the Coast Guard has identified the member and removed him from the response. His actions do not reflect those of the United States Coast Guard.— U.S. Coast Guard (@USCG) September 15, 2018