What would happen if Trump fired Bannon?

That follows similarly dismissive comments to the New York Post's Michael Goodwin. President Trump stated in his interview that he didn't know Steve Bannon well during his campaign.

But the shiv, delivered in the pages of The New York Post on Tuesday, belies both Bannon's tenure and prominence in Trump's brain trust, a relationship that slowly blossomed over at least five years - through shared aides, radio interviews and eventually a formal hire.

"I'm my own strategist", Trump said. "I'm my own strategist". However, Bannon is, on balance, more conservative than his main rivals in the White House power struggle. His ouster would be a blow to conservatives and thus, from my perspective, unfortunate.

In a sign that things are not almost as rosy as White House officials have been making them seem, the president told the New York Post he told Bannon and Kushner 'to straighten it out or I will'.

That's an bad lot of things.

The former head of right-wing website Breitbart has since been losing his pull within the White House.

Ivanka Trump and husband Jared Kushner applaud as US President Donald Trump speaks during a joint session of Congress at the US Capitol in Washington, DC on February 28, 2017.

Perhaps Bannon objects to that posture on Medicare, and maybe future reporting will establish this. Bannon's blueprint now remains the touchstone for Trumpist governance, if you can call it that.

"But several people with ties to Trump insist that his bond with Bannon remains strong". He flew back on Air Force One with the President, along with Stephen Miller, his top protégé in the West Wing. In reality, it looks more and more like his role was to organize and enflame the populist and nationalist constituencies in the GOP, and then reconcile them to the latest Republican president who would betray them in office. The original travel ban, a Bannon effort, is mired in the courts, and Trump appears to be backing away from some of the economic policies that Bannon championed.

The president's irritation with Bannon could have roots in the adviser's high profile in the early days of the administration.

On Aug. 17, the Trump campaign announced the hiring of Bannon and the appointment of Kellyanne Conway as campaign manager. And whatever happens to Bannon, there's no indication that those strains won't continue to shape Trump's agenda.

Says Ryun: "Kushner is family".

Trump switched his position in the same interview on the Export-Import bank - he no longer wants to get rid of it - and the Federal Reserve. "Because if you calculate, as you just did, it's infinitely safer to keep him inside the tent, to keep him on the periphery perhaps, but keeping an eye on him". You have encouraged us in our mission - to provide quality news and watchdog journalism.

  • Salvatore Jensen