Reports: Trump ‘Embarrassed and Pissed’ by Strange Endorsement Mistake, ‘Especially Upset’ at Bannon’s Role in Moore Victoryby IAN MASON
Sep. 28, 2017
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Multiple reports Wednesday cited White House sources claiming President Donald Trump is "embarrassed" over the outcome of Tuesday's Alabama U.S. Senate election and understands he made a mistake in endorsing, along with Chamber of Commerce and Republican leadership, Luther Strange over Judge Roy Moore. Trump "knew [endorsing Strange] was a mistake but one he was willing to make because Luther was loyal," a senior White House official told CNN. A person familiar with his mindset said the President went to bed "embarrassed and pissed."
Reportedly, Stephen K. Bannon, Breitbart News executive chairman and, until recently, Trump's own White House chief strategist, was a particular focus of the president's anger over Roy Moore's landslide victory. Bannon pulled out all the stops to rally pro-Moore forces in the closing days of the campaign, making multiple TV appearances, and working to bring a team of populist-nationalist all-stars to the Yellowhammer state for Moore, including former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, ex-UKIP leader Nigel "Mr. Brexit" Farage, Duck Commander founder Phil Robertson, and fellow ex-White House adviser Dr. Sebastian Gorka.
"The president complained about Bannon's aggressive moves on Moore's behalf, as well as about the political advice he got from aides inside the White House," people who spoke with Trump reportedly told Politico.
According to Politico:
Bannon's aggressive moves and television appearances in the race on Moore's behalf, along with his appearance at a rally backing Moore on Monday, especially upset Trump, who was also annoyed that former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and his former White House aide Sebastian Gorka rallied for Moore.