aside What Are Steve Bannon’s Plans For The Future And Who Will Follow Him To The Exit Door?

Steve Sack / Minneapolis Star Tribune

 

No sooner had the announcement been made on August 18, 2017, that the republican President Donald Trump’s controversial chief strategist Steve Bannon had been dismissed, he returned to his former job as executive chairman of the right wing website Breitbart News. As per a press release, Mr.  Bannon chaired the outlet’s evening editorial meeting. ”

According to the August 18, 2017 Weekly Standard. Mr. Bannaon stated, “I feel jacked up.” Now I’m free. I’ve got my hands back on my weapons. Someone said, ‘it’s Bannon the Barbarian.’ I am definitely going to crush the opposition. There’s no doubt. I built a f***ing machine at Breitbart. And now I’m about to go back, knowing what I know, and we’re about to rev that machine up. And rev it up we will do.”

“A person who recently spoke with Bannon told CNN that Bannon is “not going to go out peacefully.”

“It will be Bannon the Barbarian,” the person said.”

He may also decide to create competition for FOX News which is owned by Rupert Murdoch and who had strongly advised the president to fire him. Here’s the rest of the story…

On August 18, 2017, Ashley Parker,  Phillip Rucker, Robert Costa and Damian Paletta of the Washington Post penned the following article, “Trump gets rid of Stephen Bannon, a top proponent of his nationalist agenda.”

Excerpts:

“John F. Kelly, the retired four-star Marine Corps general brought in late last month as White House chief of staff, has been contemplating dramatic changes to West Wing staffing that included firing Bannon, a right-wing populist who helped guide the president to victory in the final months of last year’s campaign.”

Adam Zyglis / Buffalo News“The decision to fire Bannon was made by Kelly, officials said. It came after almost exactly three weeks on the job as chief of staff, a position in which he was given unilateral power to overhaul the West Wing staff in an effort to staunch warring factions, aides and advisers going rogue, and repeated leaks to the news media.”

“This was without question one man’s decision: Kelly. One hundred percent,” one senior White House official said. “It’s been building for a while.”

“Some White House officials also said Friday they expect some of Bannon’s allies inside the administration to exit with him. Bannon works closely with a number of White House officials, including national security aide Sebastian Gorka and assistant Julia Hahn.”

John Cole / Scranton Times Tribune

“Associates said (Steve) Bannon may partner on a new venture with the Mercer family, conservative mega-donors who served as his patrons in an array of enterprises before he joined the Trump campaign. One strong possibility: a new media entity.”

“They have a very strong working relationship together and I would be shocked if we don’t hear of a major initiative involving Steve and the Mercers in the next 30 and 60 days,” said a person familiar with the family’s views, who requested anonymity to describe the thinking of the Mercers. “They don’t walk in lockstep in terms of their views, but they like the fact that Steve gets results and they think money put into ventures he’s involved in is money well spent.”

Bob Englehart / Cagle Cartoons

“Hedge fund executive Robert Mercer and his daughter Rebekah collaborated with Bannon on at least five ventures between 2011 and 2016, including Breitbart, which Bannon ran. He also served as vice president and secretary of the Mercer-funded Cambridge Analytica, a data science company that worked for Trump’s campaign.”

“Bannon earned at least $917,000 in 2016, drawing at least $545,000 of that from four Mercer-backed ventures, according to a personal financial disclosure he filed in late March. At the time, he estimated that his assets were worth between $11.8 million and $53.8 million. Among his holdings: three rental properties and a strategic consulting firm he said was worth between $5 million and $25 million. The filing also showed that Bannon had significant cash reserves, reporting at least $1.1 million in three different U.S. bank accounts.”

Adam Zyglis / Buffalo News

“Much of Bannon’s time in recent days was spent in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House grounds, as the West Wing is under renovation, where he has a spacious corner office on the first floor that is piled with books he is reading and files on trade policy and immigration policy.”

“Bannon closely monitored media coverage of both him and Trump on television, thumbing his phone associates text or email him new articles. Whenever he read articles about rivals such as Cohn reportedly being critical of the president’s conduct, he fumed that they were undermining him as he was trying to enact what Trump promised his base voters.”

Steve Sack / Minneapolis Star Tribune

“Bannon has told people that he called The American Prospect simply to talk China policy, an example of how he has often acted as an in-house professor of sorts for Trumpism inside the White House. But when coverage of the candid interview exploded, he began to say that it was partly strategic, and most people close to him aren’t exactly sure what to believe about why and how that phone call unfolded.”

“Inside Trump’s circle, there have been 2 camps: those who argued he should fight to stay and be a political warrior for Trump’s nationalist instincts and those who believe his battles with the “globalists,” as he calls the more moderate wing of the White House, had reached their nadir. Bannon seemed to veer between those two sides in conversations with friends and allies,”

Tom Stiglich / www.tomstiglich.com

“As Bannon has come under scrutiny, so have his allies inside. Senior policy adviser Stephen Miller has a large footprint already and is seen as safe, but Bannon’s close allies (Sebastian and Katharine) Gorka and Julia Hahn — (all) of whom worked at Breitbart — are seen as more vulnerable to changes. They have asserted themselves in talks with colleagues as Trump allies first, Bannon allies second.”

“Bannon has been under fire before, most prominently in early April, when Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, was pushing for his ouster; the president himself dinged him in the New York Post, and a Bannon friend likened him to a terminally ill patient who had been moved to hospice care.”

“The potential for Bannon to wreak havoc and mischief on the White House from the outside is among the reasons Trump had been skittish about firing his chief strategist. And Bannon himself had used wartime metaphors to signal to friends and confidants that he would continue to pursue his nationalist, populist agenda.

Image result for photos of steve bannon“I think the thing the president will need to get used to is Steve may from time to time call the president to account to his fealty or lack of fealty to the president’s agenda and that could get complicated politically,” said one outside White House adviser close to Bannon. “But I don’t think Steve is going to totally abandon the president or be totally disloyal, unless the president allows himself to be overtaken by the liberal Democrats, in which case every Republican will call him to account.”

20 comments

  1. Thanks for posting this excellent article, Gronda. I was not able to watch as much CNN etc yesterday because I was making “eclipse viewers” for my great grandkids…and fighting the Civil War with my best friend at lunch. No one agrees on the Civil War. 🙂 Always I appreciate your research and postings….:-)

    • Dear Gramama2011,

      Thank you for the gracious feedback.

      Making “eclipse viewers” for your great grandkids would be definitely a lot more fun than watching CNN. Fighting over the Civil War could be a challenge and good for you for trying.

      All what was important, is that Monsieur Bannon will no longer be seen at the White House..hallelujah!

      Hugs, Gronda

      • no, my friend and I are on the same side. Just a difference of opinion on the meaning of the confederate flag and on slavery. We are of one mind on Trump et al. 🙂 By the way, did you see my blog posts on the Johnson’ Island prison cemetery? It is unique because it is wayyy up North and effectively helped contain the confederates….but obviously there is compassion in play as well.

        • I notice that the news people are filming the crowds from overhead, which shows their size and orientation. Those Charlottesville pics of the clashes between sides looked to me…almost…as if they were staged; very well controlled. Had the police jumped in to the fray I think a free-for-all would have developed quickly. I admit to having a suspicious mind… 🙂

        • I did other articles at different times, one I need to find is a spread in the Sunday magazine, which included an aerial shot of the site, and some feature stories. I have the paper copy around someplace, but these are 18 years that I worked there and also I was a long time ago. Storage is a lot easier now that it can be done digitally. I have been restoring my slides, thousands o them, but that takes awhile. I am determined to get this stuff that I value (if few others do) online before I die.

      • I just wish our current events were not being orchestrated by stupid people.. :-{ Incidentally…this is a good opportunity for crowd-watching. However… my granddaughter’s rock group, Time Cat, is the headliner attraction at Akron’s Porch-rocker event today. It’s a Big deal…I haven’t been to one of her concerts in years, so don’t want to miss it. 137 bands participating. Four of my kids and at least two of my grandchildren (besides Jeri) will be in attendance. Yes, I DO like rock music. Yes, I am bragging.

  2. Gronda, what is sometimes thrown in as a reason, to me the fact that Bannon got more credit for Trump’s win and various decisions unnerved the President. The major key to Trump is his outsized ego. If you dare assume or get more credit than him, you are toast. To win him over in an argument, quite simply you compliment him. It has been reported that twice a day, Trump gets an ego folder with flattering pictures or headlines.

    Bannon is bad news and will continue to be such. Hopefully Kelly can get rid of the other nationalists on staff, so they can focus on keeping this President between the white lines as much as possible. Keith

    • Dear Keith,

      There was never room for two over-sized egos in the WH. No matter what Mr. Bannon does, he needs to be marginalized in his after- White House life like he was before. He has so much hubris to where some humbling experiences are due him.

      Hugs, Gronda

    • Dear 1EarthUnited,

      Thank you for the reference from the “Young Turks.” I am thinking that the president resigning within 18 months from now is a real possibility.

      Hugs, Gronda

      • Thanks for sharing this. I agree with his conclusions. I do wish he had not gone down the path of calling the President stupid, as I want people to listen to this man without discounting his opinion. I would like to see Congress do a formal censure of the President for his neo-Nazi comments. Keith

        • Dear Keith,

          Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has endorsed a resolution from House Democrats to censure President Trump after his response to the violent events in Charlottesville, VA., but so far, no republicans are agreeing to this censure.

          If republicans in the US Congress don’t finally take a stand, then they will become known as the party that condones racism..

          Hugs, Gronda

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