Speculation Of Bannon's Demise Floods The Media, Again
Bannon’s imminent demise has been predicted by the media on so many different occasions since Trump moved into the White House that we’ve lost count. Not surprisingly, the media sometimes has difficultly deciphering between ‘news’ and the propagation of their own wishful thinking. We noted a couple of the false alarms here:
But, despite their inaccurate past predictions, the rampant speculation of Bannon’s early demise rages on in the mainstream media with the latest installment coming from the New York Times.
Rupert Murdoch has repeatedly urged President Trump to fire him. Anthony Scaramucci, the president’s former communications director, thrashed him on television as a white nationalist. Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster, the national security adviser, refused to even say he could work with him.
For months, Mr. Trump has considered ousting Stephen K. Bannon, the White House chief strategist and relentless nationalist who ran the Breitbart website and called it a “platform for the alt-right.” Mr. Trump has sent Mr. Bannon to a kind of internal exile, and has not met face-to-face for more than a week with a man who was once a fixture in the Oval Office, according to aides and friends of the president.
But the choice might not be his. At a recent dinner at the White House with Mr. Kushner and Mr. Kelly, before Mr. Trump decamped for a working vacation at his private golf club in Bedminster, N.J., the president listened while one of the guests, Mr. Murdoch, a founder of Fox News, said Mr. Bannon had to go.
Mr. Trump offered little pushback, according to a person familiar with the conversation, and vented his frustrations about Mr. Bannon. Mr. Murdoch is close to Mr. Kushner, who has been in open warfare with Mr. Bannon since the spring.
Meanwhile, Anthony Scaramucci, who lasted all of 10 days in the White House, once again took shots at Bannon last night in an interview with Stephen Colbert saying “if it was up to me, he’d be gone.”
— The Late Show (@colbertlateshow) August 15, 2017
According to the New York Times, Bannon has allegedly hedged his future prospects in the White House by telling friends that he never really expected to last long in the Chief Strategist position anyway.
From the start, Mr. Bannon, 63, has told people in his orbit that he never expected to last in his current position longer than eight months to a year, and hoped to ram through as much of his agenda as he could while he stood in the president’s favor. More recently he has told friends that he is working in the White House one day at a time, and constantly asks himself whether he could better pursue his to-do list — including cracking down on legal and illegal immigration — on the outside.
So, will Nancy Pelosi, and the mainstream media, finally get their wish?
— Nancy Pelosi (@NancyPelosi) August 14, 2017