Published: Sun, April 16, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

Is Bannon in peril? Trump comments worry his populist base

Is Bannon in peril? Trump comments worry his populist base

In fact, the team surrounding the President is among the most conflicted groups in memory, weaving together longtime Washington hands, military brass, family confidants, ideological revolutionaries and a coterie of high-powered former Wall Street executives. He was America's Rasputin, acting with a kind of mythic power to turn the president or the right-wing noise machine in coordinated directions to achieve his desired results. Firebrands like Stephen Miller, one author of the initial travel ban, would be sidelined or dismissed.

And then a amusing thing happened.

Bannon is the former editor of Breitbart who is described as being the key reason for the site becoming a "white ethno-nationalist propaganda mill", according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Either firing Bannon, or marginalizing his White House role, would be good for the Trump presidency and the country, because he shouldn't have been hired to begin with. And. maybe they were right.

Satirists painted him as the Grim Reaper. Until recently he was also on the National Security Council - despite minimal qualifications - however, he was recently removed after a tenure of less than three months.

The only question now is whether Bannon accepts his very public dressing-down and stays in the job or whether he walks away from the White House and returns to his comfortable sinecure in the conservative media orbit.

Trump has had a go at both Kushner and Bannon - but in private. I am my own strategist and it is not as if I was going to change strategy because I was opposed to "Hillary the Scoundrel", he added about his rival Democrat Hillary Clinton. "I had already beaten all the senators and all the governors, and I didn't know Steve". Bannon is a wealthy man with his own populist following online and a considerable media megaphone in Breitbart. From his ties to Russian Federation to business influence, Kushner furthers the image of nepotistic corruption attached to the Trump campaign. But Trump's campaign and he himself repeatedly (his team says unwittingly) retweeted or used alt-right memes.

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Therefore, currency manipulation is the "macro" issue at hand because it's baked into all Chinese products at once, Mr. Even Chinese solar panels are flooding the US market, pushing domestic solar producers out of business, he said.

And though Trump personally has not backed away from his bromance with Russian Federation, his national security team is hammering Moscow - on Syria and on Crimea.

This article is based on interviews with 10 White House officials, Trump advisers and other Republican strategists, nearly all of whom insisted on anonymity to speak candidly.

The president's culpability appears greatest with Flynn, a retired U.S. Army lieutenant general who travelled with Trump frequently during the campaign and was tapped as national security adviser after the election.

Decided he likes Janet Yellen: The Federal Reserve chair, whom Trump previously accused of colluding with President Barack Obama to keep rates low, told the Journal that Yellen is "not toast" when her term expires next year, and that, actually, "I like her, I respect her". Released back into the media wild, he could mobilize a significant portion of Trump's base against him.

When Trump was asked by the New York Post's Michael Goodwin whether he had faith in Bannon, the president responded: "I like Steve, but you have to remember he was not involved in my campaign until very late".

But more and more, war is being waged on Mr Bannon himself.

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