President Donald Trump declined to issue a public statement of confidence in Steve Bannon Tuesday, indicating his chief strategist is indeed on the chopping block.
Rumors of a major shakeup that could involve Trump firing Bannon are swirling in Washington following his demotion from the National Security Council last week, and a number of reports from White House insiders who say Trump is fed up with the infighting between Bannon and Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law. Another report said Bannon threatened to quit over the NSC demotion. (RELATED: Steve Bannon Called Jared Kushner A ‘Cuck’ And ‘Globalist’ Behind His Back)
New York Post reporter Michael Goodwin asked Trump Tuesday whether Bannon still has the president’s full confidence, and the president’s response was tepid.
“I like Steve, but you have to remember he was not involved in my campaign until very late,” Trump told the New York Post. “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.”
“Steve is a good guy, but I told them to straighten it out or I will,” he concluded.
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