The decision by President Trump on Friday to remove White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon, a Trump attack dog, has thrown the spotlight on the White House which has become a revolving door for several Trump administration positions as Trump’s job approval rating falls below 40 percent and both moderate Republicans and CEO’s distance themselves from him following his muddled response to violence last Saturday in Charlottesville, Virginia and his odd praise for Confederate statues which he called beautiful in a recent tweet.
Knives were out for Bannon, an alt right political outsider who made his mark with conservatives and is known for far-right Breitbart News which he led as CEO before joining the Trump administration in January.
In 2016 Bannon described Breitbart News as a “platform for the alt-right.”
Bannon built political momentum in the White House for Trump’s “America First” agenda including an effort to revoke trade agreements, withdraw the U.S. militarily around the globe, and adopt a tough stance on immigration that fell in favor with the President’s plans to impose a Muslim ban and build a border wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.
During the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) interview in February, Bannon gained national attention and spoke like a national president when he outlined the “deconstruction the administrative state” that includes a “three verticals of three buckets” approach towards governing with a focus on deregulation and installing Cabinet appointees that will deconstruct Washington, “economic nationalism” by reconstructing trade agreements, and increasing attention on national security and the defense budget.
“I think the consistent, if you look at these Cabinet appointees, they were selected for a reason and that is the deconstruction, the way the progressive left runs, is if they can’t get it passed, they’re just gonna put in some sort of regulation in….in an agency. That’s all gonna be deconstructed and I think that that’s why this regulatory thing is so important” Bannon said during his February CPAC interview in Washington.
Bannon’s interview on August 16th with the American Prospect didn’t help his chances for remaining in the White House after he admitted that there’s no military solution to North Korea’s nuclear threats and described his own battle inside the administration to take a hard line on trade with China.
Bannon turned over a new leaf by criticizing white nationalism and even admitted that we got to help crush Ethno-nationalism.
Bannon explained that if the “left” is focused on race and identity and we go with economic nationalism, “we can crush the Democrats.”
President Trump tweeted today, “Steve Bannon will be a tough and smart new voice at
@BreitbartNews…maybe even better than ever before. Fake News needs the competition!”
Steve Bannon will be a tough and smart new voice at @BreitbartNews…maybe even better than ever before. Fake News needs the competition!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 19, 2017
Axios’ Jonathan Swan is reporting today that he hears from Bannon’s friends that Bannon might start a new network or online streaming outlet that will be further to the right than Fox News.
Bannon’s removal as White House chief strategist follows the exit of several other Trump appointees including Reince Priebus, Anthony Scaramucci, Sean Spicer, and Michael Flynn.
President Trump has also fired Acting Attorney General Sally Yates and FBI Director James Comey.
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