A MONTH after his sensational exit from the White House, Steve Bannon is defending the US President in his first major interview.
Bannon, in an interview with Charlie Rose for the US version of 60 Minutes, also railed against the Washington establishment, and said the “original sin” of the Trump administration was embracing the establishment, agreeing with Republican congressional leadership’s plans to try to repeal and replace Obamacare at the outset.
His criticisms of the media — which he labelled the “pearl clutching mainstream media” — are hardly surprising, given that he referred to the press corps as the “opposition party” shortly after Trump took office.
“I don’t think (Trump) needs the Washington Post, and the New York Times, and CBS News,” Bannon said.
“And I don’t believe that he thinks they’re looking out what’s in his best interest, OK? He’s not going to believe that. I don’t believe that. And you don’t believe that, OK? This is just another standard in judgment that you rain upon him in the effort to destroy Donald Trump.”
Bannon said that Trump “knows he’s speaking directly to the people who put him in office when he uses Twitter. And it is sometimes not in the custom and tradition of what the opposition party deems is appropriate. You’re absolutely correct, it’s not. And he’s not going to stop.”
He also said that Trump’s chief of staff John Kelly, also is “not going to be able to control it either because it’s Donald Trump. It’s Donald Trump talking directly to the American people. And to say something else, you’re going to get some good there. And every now and again you’re going to get some less good, okay? But you’re just going to have to live with it.”