Is White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon getting the boot?
Only the Donald knows.
In an interview with the New York Post Tuesday, Donald Trump was asked if he still had confidence in Bannon, the alt-right former head of Breitbart News who joined Trump’s presidential campaign in August in a shakeup of staff. It is Bannon who has been credited with solidifying Trump’s “America First” worldview. The Post‘s Michael Goodwin did not get a firm yes from Trump on whether Bannon would be sticking around.
“I like Steve, but you have to remember he was not involved in my campaign until very late,” Trump said.
The “but” word is an omen in Trump world. Although Bannon may have hopped on the Trumptrain late in the game, his large ego has laid claim to the Trump win. Needless to say, Donald’s superego disputes that.
“I had already beaten all the senators and all the governors, and I didn’t know Steve. I’m my own strategist and it wasn’t like I was going to change strategies because I was facing crooked Hillary.”
The win got Bannon heralded as Trump’s “chief strategist,”, with a fancy office in the West Wing where he began insinuating his notorious plans for deconstruction of the administrative state. He continued to rise in favor as an advisor — until his first big fail: The immigration ban. Then a second fail: The healthcare plan. And it’s been downhill ever since. Rest assured Trump’s first 100 Days of disaster will lie squarely on the shoulders of the square-jawed Bannon, as Donnie boy is never one to take blame…for anything.
Trump ended the Post interview with this gem, which is not exactly a glowing endorsement: “Steve is a good guy, but I told them to straighten it out or I will.”
Them is Bannon and Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, who have been at political odds since the campaign. And it’s gotten worse since the inauguration. Much worse. When Trump went low, Bannon went even lower.
So much for Trump’s claim his administration runs like “a fine tuned machine.”
Word is Trump told Bannon and Kushner to kiss and makeup — or else. (I hope Steve remembers you can’t fire your son-in law.)
So there you have it. Steve Bannon is either going to be who Steve Bannon is, or he’ll go. And should he go, what will the Trump White House ook like — and which of Donald’s sycophantic minions will take up his “America First” mantle? Surely not Kushner. Unlike Bannon, he wants world order, not disruption.
Time will tell what happens to Steve Bannon. But if/when he gets fired, I hope he doesn’t let himself go.
Yeah, that’s a joke.
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