Is Bannon in peril? Trump comments worry his populist base

Cheryl Sanders
April 13, 2017

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer tried Wednesday to knock down reports that President Trump's chief strategist, Steve Bannon, had fallen out of favor, telling Fox News' "The O'Reilly Factor" that the president "values Steve's commitment to the team".

In the interview, Trump downplayed Bannon's role in his campaign, claiming that his chief strategist was not involved "until very late". "I am my own strategist", the president added, a pointed reference to what aides described as his growing irritation that Bannon is receiving credit for being the mastermind behind Trump's victory.

However, Bannon is, on balance, more conservative than his main rivals in the White House power struggle.

"I think firing Bannon would be a huge mistake for Trump", conservative radio host Steve Deace told the Times.

In fact, a corroborative New Yorker article from March goes further as to state that Bannon and the now-president spent time strategizing about a possible campaign in Trump Tower. He's already telling two other key advisers, Steve Bannon and Jared Kushner, to stop fig...

Now speculation mounts that the former executive chairman of Breitbart News may soon be forced to fall on his sword in what would be a spectacular fall from grace and security.

It appears President Trump is putting some distance between himself and his most controversial adviser, Steve Bannon. Kushner, who has no foreign policy or military experience, has been saddled with a lot of responsibility in the Trump administration. This leaky White House team leaked that Bannon had been instructed to "lay low".

Mr Bannon recently lost his coveted place on the National Security Council, which decides issues of war and peace.

Steve Bannon doesn't look well on a good day.

But as the self-appointed holder of the torch for the populist and nationalist policies, on which Trump ran for election, Bannon collides frequently with Kushner, Ivanka and others - who he disparages as "the Democrats" - who have been urging Trump to back away from some of his campaign promises and much of his rhetoric.

The spokesman says Manafort's lobbying work was not conducted on behalf of the Russian government and began before Manafort started working with the Trump campaign. Instead, Trump diminished the role Bannon played in winning the White House and delivered an extraordinarily tepid assessment about his one of his most visible advisers. At times, the White House administration resembles the cast of Celebrity Apprentice and the reality-show feel is not lost on the average USA citizen.

Eric Striker, a writer for The Daily Stormer, a neo-Nazi alt-right website, referred to Kushner as "President Kushner" and said his "vital interest as a Chabad Lubavitcher (a Jewish hasidic sect) in foreign policy is to advance Israel at the expense of America", according to the ADL.

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