Sources state that Bannon has garnered the ire of Chief of Staff John Kelly, because Bannon is apparently pursuing an agenda of his own that doesn’t fit with the direction in which Kelly is trying to steer the administration.
National security adviser H.R. McMaster’s appearance on Meet The Press this weekend adds some fuel to the speculation. Host Chuck Todd asked McMaster about Bannon and his effectiveness at helping pursue an agenda that benefits the American people. McMaster didn’t appear to indicate that Bannon is a team player.
“Can you and Steve Bannon still work together,” Todd asked.
“I get to work together with a broad range of talented people,” McMaster said. “It’s a privilege every day to enable the national security team.”
Asked again, McMaster said, “I am ready to work with anybody who will help advance the President’s agenda and advance the security, prosperity of the American people.”
“Do you believe that Steve Bannon does that,” Todd asked.
“I believe that everyone in the White House … should be motivated by that goal,” he said.
I can’t help but wonder: with all those generals in the White House, why haven’t any of them suggested that Bannon do something with his ridiculous hair? But I digress…
Other sources have told CNN that Trump himself is fed up with Bannon, and former communications director Anthony Scaramucci hinted to ABC that Trump may let Bannon go partially because of White House leaks, but mainly because the former Breitbart mastermind’s ties to the alt-right could drag the administration down.
“If the President really wants to execute that legislative agenda that I think is so promising for the American people … then he has to move away from that sort of Bannon-bart nonsense,” Scaramucci said, using a portmanteau of Bannon and Breitbart, the outlet Bannon once said was a “platform for the alt-right.”
Does Steve Bannon have a long-term future at the White House? Will Saturday’s tragic violence in Charlottesville serve as a fitting springboard to get rid of the biggest alt-right cheerleader in the administration? I have a feeling that the answer to this question could stir up yet more controversy for the White House.