UPDATE — 8:20 p.m. EDT: The Hill reported Thursday that sources close to President Trump say rumors of Steve Bannon’s demise have been greatly exaggerated by the liberal press.
“The president always speaks very highly to me about Steve Bannon,” one anonymous Trump confidante said. “He respects his mind and appreciates his loyalty and friendship during a difficult time of the campaign.”
Another ex-Trump campaign aide, Barry Bennett, brushed off the controversy as “palace intrigue.”
“There are few people that the president respects more than Steve Bannon,” Bennett said. “They are peers age-wise, Steve is quite successful and Steve steered him through the general election.”
Steve Bannon, Donald Trump’s chief strategist in the White House, might want to consider updating his resume. In an interview with the New York Post Tuesday, the president indicated that he no longer fully supports his shadowy adviser, and signaled the focus should instead shift back to himself.
“I like Steve, but you have to remember he was not involved in my campaign until very late,” Trump said. “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 outlook does not look good for the the alt-right’s poster boy whose job appears to be in jeopardy.
This is not the first time recently Bannon created headlines recently. The rumor mill has been abuzz about a feud between Bannon, a known nationalist, and Trump’s neoliberal son-in-law, Jared Kushner.
Bannon has been becoming increasingly frustrated with Kushner’s policy views calling him a “cuck” and a “globalist.” The relationship has become so bad that Trump himself had to intervene.
“We gotta work this out,” Trump said, according to an anonymous White House official. “Cut it out.”
Bannon’s problems extend beyond the infighting with Kushner. Trump does not like to share the spotlight, and Bannon has been the feature SNL sketches, lengthy newspaper pieces and even the cover of TIME magazine in February.
However, some conservatives warn that Trump should think carefully before firing Bannon over petty jealously. Conservative commentator Steve Deace said that letting Bannon go could backfire for the new administration.
“I think firing Bannon would be a huge mistake for Trump,” Deace said. “Hell hath no fury like a Bannon scorned.”
That may be so, but hell hath no fury like a Trump undermined.
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