For weeks now the media rumor mill has speculated over the imminent demise of Trump Chief Strategist, Steve Bannon. It all started when Bannon was removed from his post on the National Security Council earlier this month which prompted his now infamous response that he "loves a gunfight."
Unfortunately, at least according to a very frank Trump interview with the New York Post, Bannon may have overplayed his hand. In a very terse but loaded statement, Trump downplayed Bannon's importance in crafting his 2016 campaign strategy and effectively offered him an ultimatum to clear up his issue with Jared Kushner or move on.
“I like Steve, but you have to remember he was not involved in my campaign until very late,” Trump 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.”
He ended by saying, “Steve is a good guy, but I told them to straighten it out or I will.”
As Axios points out:
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). Without Bannon's voice, this becomes a much more conventional White House. It would be an acute normalizing of the staff, although no one can normalize Trump.
As further evidence that team Bannon is 'on the outs' in the White House, apparently Bannon and his aides learned of Trump's interview when they read it in the New York Post.
Of course, ousting Bannon is not without consequence for Trump. Bannon remains very popular at Breitbart and his ouster would likely be viewed as a move by Trump to the center which would almost certainly alienate his nationalist base in the Midwest.
So what say you? More sensationalized media headlines or is Bannon about to get the ole "You're Fired" from Trump?