Former chief strategist Steve Bannon, who
was ousted from the White House on Friday, is reportedly
planning his next steps and intends to go “nuclear” with his
grievances with the Trump administration.
“Steve is now unchained,” one source close to Bannon
told The Atlantic Friday. “Fully unchained.”
“You have no idea. This is gonna be really f—— bad,” another
Bannon ally told the magazine.
Bannon himself appeared to confirm the sentiment to Bloomberg
Businessweek reporter Joshua Green, who tweeted
about the conversation:
“…for Trump against his opponents — on Capitol Hill, in the media, and in corporate America.” 2/2
— Joshua Green (@JoshuaGreen) August 18, 2017
According to Green, Bannon sounded as though “he’d just consumed
40 Red Bulls.”
Bannon, who has pushed a staunchly populist, anti-globalist
agenda on President Trump, reportedly told friends in recent days
that he believed the administration is failing, and he could more
effectively influence Trump from outside the White House.
The notion may in part explain why Bannon gave a series of
controversial, on-the-record interviews in recent days to outlets
such as The American Prospect and the New York Times, in which he
openly contradicted Trump’s stance on North Korea and criticized
his colleagues. The comments were said to have angered
Trump, and fueled speculation that Bannon gave the interviews
in an effort to
provoke his own firing.
Bannon on Friday returned as executive chairman to
Breitbart News, the pro-Trump media outlet he previously ran.
“In many ways, I think Steve will feel liberated. Free from the
limitations of ‘serving’ or ‘answering’ to somebody,” former
Kurt Bardella told Business Insider. “Now he will be able to
operate openly and freely to inflict as much damage as he
possibly can on the ‘globalists’ that remain in the Trump
Bannon had famously clashed with the so-called “globalists” in
the White House, including senior adviser Jared Kushner and
economic adviser Gary Cohn, who Bannon frequently likened to
Democrats. According to media reports, Bannon was widely disliked
throughout the administration and therefore had few allies to
lean on as the environment grew increasingly hostile to him.
Chief of Staff John Kelly reportedly did not understand what
Bannon’s role in the White House was, why he had a PR portfolio,
or why he so consistently clashed with colleagues,
Politico reported on Friday.
“People didn’t know what he did other than stab his colleagues in
the back,” one senior White House official told the website. “No
one liked him.”