Is Bannon in peril? Trump comments worry his populist base
00:40, Apr 16, 2017
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- While President Donald Trump is dealing with global turmoil, he also has a fair share in his administration. Is it North Korea? But Page is now known to be the focus of a federal investigation of Trump's campaign ties to Russian Federation. Or is it retribution from the Alt-Right and Steve Bannon, if Trump fires him? Trumptoldthe New York Post that "I'm my own strategist", and said he had told Bannon and his adversaries, whom he didn't name, "to straighten it out or I will". The most popular theory holds that Trump himself believes very little beyond what people he respects tell him and what gets him cheered in the press.
"I had already beaten all senators and governors, and I did not know Steve".
Which means that for now other groups are ascendant, including the realist foreign policy advisers who supported the Syria strikes and the group of pragmatic advisers with Manhattan roots, who are working on recrafting the Trump legislative strategy after the failure of Obamacare repeal. Instead of Bannonite paleo-conservatism, Trump may just use the office to make himself popular and pursue the dearest political hopes of his daughter Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner. Trump told the New York Post.
Though President Trump seems to have forgotten their history, when Bannon joined his campaign it in late August, it was seen as a rebuke of former campaign manager Paul Manafort's efforts to turn him into a more traditional candidate.
Bannon's fingerprints have been all over the Trump administrations biggest failures and mistakes. He collaborated with Bannon to craft the original "Muslim ban" executive order promulgated in January, and he penned the president's inaugural speech, which depicted the United States as a carnage-ridden hell scape.
USA first lady Melania Trump has accepted an apology and damages from the publisher of the Daily Mail newspaper for reporting rumors about her time as a model, the two parties in the lawsuit said Wednesday. Horowitz is a frequent Fox News contributor and is credited with sparking President Trump's controversial remarks in February that Sweden "took in large numbers" of refugees and was "having problems like they never thought possible".
But Bannon's supporters say Kushner's importance doesn't erase Bannon's. In the West Wing, a faction of NY centrists led by his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and former Goldman Sachs president Gary Cohn, are ascendant. He is viewed by many in the conservative core as the ideological backbone in the White House.
To be clear, this Politico piece doesn't claim that Miller has sided with Jared Kushner over Bannon, only that he's been careful to work with both sides.
Chris Ashby, a Republican elections lawyer, said that while it's easy to blame Trump for missing red flags about his campaign advisers, it's not always possible to dig up details that potential hires aren't willing to disclose on their own. And even if Bannon is retained, it could be challenging for such boisterous and aggressive operators to continue to serve a president who so dissed him in public.
The president's irritation with Bannon could have roots in the adviser's high profile in the early days of the administration. The first signs of a building storm popped up last week when Bannon, President Donald Trump's chief strategist, was removed from the National Security Council. And then there was the "Saturday Night Live" send-up of Bannon as the Grim Reaper, operating Trump like a puppet.
Trump has changed his campaign positions on Syria, China and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.