‘Trump won’t definitively say he still backs Bannon’

That is the brutal headline at the New York Post.

Washington’s rumor mill is working overtime on the fate of presidential aide Steve Bannon, who is said to be at the center of the rampant White House infighting. When I asked the president Tuesday afternoon if he still has confidence in Bannon, who took over the campaign in mid-August, I did not get a definitive yes.

“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.”

He ended by saying, “Steve is a good guy, but I told them to straighten it out or I will.”

This will either play out over the next fee weeks… or it won’t. What will the alt-right base say if Bannon is thrown under the bus?

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2 Responses to ‘Trump won’t definitively say he still backs Bannon’

  1. notamobster says:

    I’ve said the same thing many times: you fix it or I will.

    When we were kids, Mom used to tell us:

    If one kid is having a problem with another, it could be either one… But if one kid is having a problem with all of the kids it’s pretty easy to tell where the problem is.

  2. Uke says:

    I don’t feel good about much of anything in Trump’s inner circle of advisers. There’s Bannon (patron saint of the alt-right), Reince (milquetoast GOP moderate), and Ivanka-and-Jared (emotional metropolitan liberals).

    However, the one kinda good thing I feel about is that they counterbalance each other to theoretically produce a sometimes-semi-normal Trump result, to not let any of their individual inclinations carry the overall product too far off in any one direction..

    I worry about the overall Jenga-sculpture if one of those major counterweights gets jettisoned.