Steve Bannon fawns over John Kelly, but doesn’t think he can rein in Trump completely

Steve Bannon fawns over John Kelly, but doesn't think he can rein in Trump completely
Bannon: I talk to Trump every two to 3 days; White House says not so much
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters on Tuesday she was aware of two conversations between Mr. Bannon and the president. Of the former chief strategist’s comment that the two speak every two to three days she said, “Certainly not that frequently.”

Hong Kong trip to send signals to China’s leaders ahead of Trump’s anticipated visit there in mid-November.

Bannon: I talk to Trump every two to 3 days; White House says not so much

Bannon plotting primaries against slate of GOP incumbents

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How Bannon turned the tables on liberals

“I was offered Cabinet positions by this president,” Christie told Woodruff.

Steve Bannon's Hong Kong speech was a love letter to authoritarianism

Updated 2049 GMT (0449 HKT) September 12, 2017P.S. Wall Street Journal front-pager, “Tech Firms Face Political Pressures”: “The industry’s standing suffered again in the past week when lawmakers laid plans for public hearings to examine whether Facebook and other social-media platforms were used by foreign governments during the 2016 campaign.”risked the Republican majority in the House of Representatives if he pushed Congress to legalize immigrants brought to the U.S. unlawfully as children.

Chris Christie on Steve Bannon: “This, I suspect, is his last 15 minutes of fame.”

Now that he’s out of the White House, there’s no legitimate reason to give Bannon a platform

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Bannon: Why Are McConnell And Ryan Letting Democrats Investigate Trump?

Bannon plotting primaries against slate of GOP incumbents
Bannon plotting primaries against slate of GOP incumbents
Slate is published by The Slate Group, a Graham Holdings Company. All contents © 2017 The Slate Group LLC. All rights reserved.By DAVID SIDERS and GABRIEL DEBENEDETTIChristie also criticized Bannon for airing their disagreement in public.

Just how many almonds does he really eat, anyway?

Stephen Bannon, Outspoken Critic of China, Has Subtler Message in Hong Kong Visit

les jeux sont faits. First, on August 30, in the wake of Cohn’s F.T. fusillade, Trump gave a speech on tax reform in Springfield, Missouri, and, according to Politico, “name-checked” a bunch of his Cabinet members but did not mention Cohn, who of course has devoted himself to tax reform from the moment he got to Washington. (He told me a few months ago that shepherding tax reform through Congress is basically the main reason he is staying.)

Steve Bannon says GOP is letting Democrats run intelligence committees

Now, to be fair to Bannon, there are parts of China’s economy that the US should envy. The country’s planners are laser focused on the resources of the future, especially technology and metals. They think about innovation as chess, not as checkers. It’s not about making a product, it’s about learning to dominate industries.In the full interview released Tuesday, Bannon remarked that, “Not only do you have a special prosecutor and the Justice Department and a couple of grand juries. You have on Capitol Hill … with Republican leadership, you have three separate committees.”

How Bannon turned the tables on liberals
How Bannon turned the tables on liberals
Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon speaks with President Donald Trump every two to three days, he told a private lunchtime gathering Tuesday in Hong Kong, some three weeks after the adviser left his administration job.

Trump Respects China's Xi More Than Any Leader, Bannon Says

Keep reading … words Breaking: Defiant Kim Jong-un says North Korea is nearing its goal of “equilibrium” in military force with the United States, according to the North’s official Korean Central News Agency:

The House Intelligence Committee has received a cache of documents from the Trump Organization, the Senate Judiciary Committee has questioned Donald Trump Jr, and former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort has testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Report: Donald Trump Liked Steve Bannon's 'Articulate and Forceful' 60 Minutes Interview

Mark Bauerlein is a professor of English at Emory University, senior editor of the journal First Things and author of “The Dumbest Generation: How the Digital Age Stupefies Young Americans and Jeopardizes Our Future; Or, Don’t Trust Anyone Under 30.” The opinions expressed in this commentary are his own.

Steve Bannon heaps praise on Xi Jinping during 'stalking horse' Hong Kong trip

endorsement during a speech at a Nevada Republican Party fundraising dinner.Mr. Muth is president of Citizen Outreach and publisher of

The hypocrisy of Steve Bannon's decision to do that '60 Minutes' interview

So yes, Bannon and I agree that there’s a problem, but we disagree about the solution. W e don’t have to be authoritarian or build ghost cities or start trade wars to change misguided thinking in corporate America. It starts with changing the way people think about products in the boardroom. Ultimately, longer term thinking would be enhanced, not hurt, by a more nimble free market economy.President Trump’s early decision to embrace the GOP establishment right after his election – including a number of key administration appointments – was an understandable gesture that, in hindsight, was a mistake. The Republican majority in Congress is responsible for the failures to enact the campaign promises the GOP ran on in 2016, not President Trump.  They’ve had seven years to prepare for a Republican president in the White House who would sign their legislation, but have failed to get their promises to the Oval Office desk. The Republican majority, given six months to do its job as it relates to DACA, is likely to screw that up at least as badly as they’ve screwed up ObamaCare repeal.  And that failure could well cost the GOP its majority in both houses in November 2018. White hate-mongers such as the KKK’s David Duke aren’t getting increased visibility because of President Trump, but because the fake news media keeps putting them on the air despite the fact that they are a very tiny, though repulsive, part of our citizenry. The Russian collusion story is “a waste of time” and is only fueled by the fake news industry that has dedicated itself to destroying the Trump presidency.  Most of the American people know this to be absolutely true. In addition, most of us agree with Bannon that what President Trump “does on Twitter is extraordinary.”  He talks directly to the American people without the filter of the “pearl-clutching mainstream media” getting in the way. And then there was this quote: “Hillary Clinton’s not very bright.”

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(CNN)When CBS producers scored Steve Bannon, President Trump’s ex-chief strategist, for his first interview with what Bannon terms with some disdain as the mainstream media, they may have relished the chance to expose him as the sinister tactician they believed him to be.

Here's why Bannon's desperate struggle to distance himself from racists and fascists is doomed

During Tuesday’s events, Mr. Bannon seemed more subdued about the purported Chinese threat, talking more broadly about global trade imbalance, according to people in attendance.

Since leaving the White House in August and returning to the conservative news outlet Breitbart News, Bannon, 63, has cast himself as a defender of the nationalist agenda Trump advocated on the campaign trail. Bannon has cited his pursuit of a harder line against China as a source of tension with other administration officials including National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn.NPR reported on Thursday that Bannon’s extremism and his threats to primary insufficiently ideologically pure Republicans could threaten the GOP’s majority in both houses of Congress.

Mike Cernovich, the right-wing media personality and former pizza truther, told me recently, describing the alleged feud between Steve Bannon, the president’s chief strategist, and H.R. McMaster, his national security adviser. For days, the conservative universe had been self-immolating over a series of extremely negative stories about McMaster in Breitbart, Bannon’s former organ. The beef fit the broad contours of a presumed narrative of spite and ideological confrontation. Bannon, after all, is a self-proclaimed “economic nationalist” who cautions against foreign intervention. McMaster, on the other hand, has been advocating a troop increase in Afghanistan—and saw to it, as one of his first moves in his new job, helped to remove Bannon from the National Security Council. He later oversaw a purge of former Michael Flynn acolytes from the N.S.C., too, removing the vestiges of his nationalist-minded predecessor, who remains a hero in the world of anti-globalist agitators. But Cernovich wasn’t buying that Bannon was behind the bad press. And he had some valid proof. “Number one, it’s cause I’ve been one of the people behind it and I’ve never talked to him,” he told me. “I don’t think he wants this public beef because he’s going to be framed for it. These beefs, all they do is antagonize Trump.”proper_display();’s Jamelle Bouie said that Bannon is finding himself in a mess of his own making and that his Beltway reputation for being a strategic genius and Machiavellian power-player is a phantasm.

Bannon: I left White House to be 'wingman' for Trump agenda

Although taking men of this type seriously may offer TV news a brief reward in the form of an uptick in ratings, the long-term consequences of a journalism that treats White Nationalist History for Dummies as a legitimate viewpoint worthy of consideration by the body politic won't be pretty. People do not believe everything they see, read or hear, but they do notice that it is being offered up for their consideration. The current administration demonstrates just how successfully historical revisionism and various flavors of bigotry have infiltrated the mainstream.

Interviewer Charlie Rose’s hostile grilling was as expected as it was obnoxious.  But it didn’t deter Bannon from getting his points across; points of extreme interest to Trump loyalists and the GOP conservative base.  Some highlights…declaring that he had “never been an anti-China guy”. “The conflict [between China and the US] is not preordained. It can be avoided if we work together,” he told the South China Morning Post.

So the question is what does Bannon admire?

Bannon — highly critical of the establishment GOP — said in a portion of Charlie Rose’s interview that aired on “Charlie Rose” Monday night that, “the Republican leadership has allowed three committees to go and principally be run by Democrats.” 

Bannon said he most recently spoke with Trump the previous night for an hour, according to two people who attended the closed-door meeting with the former presidential adviser. The gathering, at a Grand Hyatt hotel restaurant, included a group of about 20 money managers.decried racists and anti-Semites to “60 Minutes,” failed screenwriter Bannon — who reportedly refused to allow his daughters to attend school alongside Jewish children — couldn’t resist throwing in a jab with decidedly anti-Semitic overtones, saying that he won’t be “lectured” about hate groups “by a bunch of — by a bunch of limousine liberals, O.K., from the Upper East Side of New York and from the Hamptons, O.K., about any of this.”2016 Presidential Race, Big Government, 60 Minutes, Capitol Hill, CBS, Charlie Rose, Donald Trump, Steve BannonThe move comes after the United Nations Security Council unanimously adopted new sanctions against the rogue nation after U.S. officials compromised and dropped their bid to ban all oil imports to convince China and Russia to approve the measure. Bloomberghas the details:

Steve Bannon's long war against the GOP: Scary, destructive and ultimately pointless

Continue reading the main story While it was Mr. Bannon’s first trip to Hong Kong since leaving the White House, it was not his first time in the city.

Bannon's views on China depend on whom he is talking to


Bannon, now at the helm of Breitbart News, added: “Can you imagine if Hillary Clinton would have won and Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi would be the heads of the Senate and the House, that you would have three committees investigating President Hillary Clinton? And you would actually have Republicans running those committees? Of course you wouldn’t.”

th century is how the men and women who lived under the flag of the United States, citizen and noncitizen alike, forged and fought over ideas of citizenship and what it meant to be an “American.” The process of Reconstruction and the fierce battle over the status of freed slaves exemplifies this integral part of America’s history. To a great extent, Bannon’s framing is a presentist error, an overlay of modern notions of citizenship and national boundaries over a time when those very things were still fluid and contested. Which is to say that Bannon fundamentally mischaracterized an era in a way that ought to challenge (if not topple) his constructed image.

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Here’s more from Barron’s colleague Teresa Rivas:

Trevor Noah Feasts On Steve Bannon's '60 Minutes' Interview

It is not common for a news organization to praise its chief executive. For example, The New York Times does not publish articles extolling its publisher, Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, Jr., or his political views. Breitbart has no such compunctions, showing little independence since Bannon’s return. Its chief correspondent in the White House, Charlie Spiering, should presumably be covering the Trump administration. But in the last week, he has published six stories on Bannon.As such, Breitbart News may have inadvertently revealed itself as perfectly representative of Trumpism: the image of bold iconoclasm, without any of the hard work genuine iconoclasm would have entailed; petty cruelty disguised as principled truth-telling; a pose of intellectual fearlessness that masks a preoccupation with and deep sensitivity to public image.

That they do so, and then blithely turn to the very same news organizations to take advantage of their credibility, shows that what we’ve got can be summed up in a single word: hypocrisy.All that vanished, of course, in an election where “Lock her up!” was a standard chant at Trump rallies. And Hillary Clinton, promoting “What Happened,” told Judy Woodruff on “PBS NewsHour” yesterday: “[T]he Trump presidency poses a clear and present danger to our country and to the world.”

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to read that Trump’s strict new chief of staff, General John Kelly, has restricted the president’s access to printouts from conservative sites like Breitbart and The Daily Caller, so much so that Trump has taken to wondering if those sites remain in operation.

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“They’re going to be held accountable if they do not support the President of the United States,” he said. “Right now there’s no accountability. They do not support the President’s program. It’s an open secret on Capitol Hill. Everybody in this city knows it.”But the calculation dictates otherwise: “They know where the numbers are, and where the reach and the clout is,” Sesno said. As usual with this president and his cohort, it’s all about the ratings.
Bannon: I talk to Trump every two to 3 days; White House says not so much
Bannon: I talk to Trump every two to 3 days; White House says not so much

was a program for the development of the nation’s infrastructure (financed by high tariffs for selected industries and sustained by a national bank), a project of the Whig Party and its leaders, like Kentucky’s Henry Clay. Abraham Lincoln was an admirer of this system and promoted key elements as president. And one could say that the Roosevelts, or at least Franklin Roosevelt, were pioneers of a second American system, whose ideas were contiguous with the first. But that’s where the actual history ends.aglow with conspiracy theories that the network intentionally lit Bannon, a man famous for looking like he has just finished a ten-day bender in Mos Eisley, in an unflattering way. It may not make sense to normal people, but to people who believe chemtrails are a real thing, this is no doubt a persuasive argument.

During the lunch, which lasted more than an hour, Mr. Bannon told the group that Mr. Trump had great respect for Mr. Xi and felt that the two leaders could find a solution to the North Korea crisis, according to the two investors in attendance, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly.
But it’s the GOP establishment that Bannon is ready to wage war against from his position at Breitbart, and he has pledged to back populist challengers to GOP members of Congress he perceives as blocking Mr. Trump’s agenda. 

On the eve of his trip to the Asian financial hub, where he gave a keynote speech at an investors’ forum thrown by a Hong Kong brokerage with close ties to Beijing, Bannon painted a wretched picture of US-China relations.

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