Trump Won't Say He Backs Bannon: "I'm My Own Strategist"

Chris Menahan
Apr. 12, 2017

Donald Trump wouldn't give the New York Post a "definitive yes" when asked whether he still backs Steve Bannon.

"I like Steve, but you have to remember he was not involved in my campaign until very late," he said. "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," Trump said.

What a load of crap. This means the Kushner coup is likely complete.

How sad of the New York Post to slowroll us on this news.

From Axois:
What it means: Axios' Jonathan Swan points out that if Bannon goes, there's no one of similar status in the White House who has the status to push the nationalist agenda to Trump and more centrist figures are already ascendant (Jivanka, Gary Cohn).
Those aren't centrists, they're far-left, open borders, free trade, Goldman Sachs globalists.
The instant fallout: Swan hears Bannon allies inside and outside the White House were taken by surprise when Goodwin's column posted, and are distraught. Bannon allies are bitter about the role they believe economic adviser Gary Cohn has played in undercutting their guy to POTUS. In private conversations, they call him "Globalist Gary." In text messages, the shorthand is CTC (Carbon Tax Cohn) or one simple emoji: 🌎 [planet earth emoji].

What got Bannon in trouble: Axios AM is told that President Trump didn't like the stories about Bannon as the Svengali, or leaks against Jared and Ivanka, or planted stories that he blamed Bannon for. It was less than 10 weeks ago that Bannon appeared on the cover of TIME as "THE GREAT MANIPULATOR," with the inside story asking if he was "the Second Most Powerful Man in the World."
Here's what actually happened: A coup went down sometime last week or the deep state found something they could blackmail Trump with. Neocons are now in total control and they're pursuing their long-stated foreign policy agenda of taking down Russia and China through proxy wars, which is exactly what they're doing now through new wars with Syria and North Korea.

Trump probably tried his best but was swallowed by the machine which proved too powerful to overcome, even as the president. As Paul Craig Roberts said last week, he may have been able to put up a better fight but his staffing was horrible and they forced out Michael Flynn almost immediately. They also forced out another Trump ally, K.T. McFarland, last week. The New York Times literally suggested it was obvious to fire her because at a meeting she "invoked Mr. Trump's campaign slogan, telling the assembled group of career staff members, most of whom had been in the same roles during the Obama administration, that they needed to 'make America great again.'"

The best thing Trump supporters can do is oppose this neocon agenda on all fronts and recognize what actually happened here is a coup. This is not "4D chess" and last week's attacks were not a one-off but a sign of what's to come. As Trump said in the prior NY Post column, "we thought this would be the appropriate first shot."

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