President Donald Trump may be entertaining the idea of bringing Steven Bannon back for the 2020 presidential campaign. Bannon was the former campaign manager for Trump’s 2016 election and the man responsible for getting the attention and allegiance of so many conservative grassroots.
After Trump won the election in 2016, Bannon served as the chief political strategist in the White House. However, Trump’s second chief of staff, John Kelly ousted Bannon from the Trump regime a short time later.
This was made more evident after journalist Michael Wolff published Fire and Fury in January of 2018 that was heavily based on interviews with Bannon. The book, dedicated to outlining the Trump administration, described the president’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, to be “dumb as a brick” and Donald Trump Jr. as “treasonous.” It also painted a somewhat chaotic picture of the entire family and administration, making some wonder how anything they did was to be successful.
Trump was not exactly thrilled with this publication and reacted by referring to Bannon as “Sloppy Steve” in a Twitter post just days later. And when he was dismissed from his position as chairman of Breitbart News, a major Republican donor and activist for the president, Trump gloated.
Since then, the two have had little contact. Bannon has spent much of his time in Europe pushing to start a populist right-wing movement there. However, he has remained an avid Trump supporter.
“He has a great love of his country,” Bannon stated in late 2018 interview. “I’ve seen this guy up-close. He’s got a great love of his country. He did this out of duty. I know that makes people’s heads blow up, but he did it out of duty.”
He went on to praise the First Lady, as well as Ivanka and Trump Jr., saying they were a “lovely” family.
He has also been recorded admiring and promoting Trump’s recent trade agreements, saying “Every president beforehand, Clinton, Bush, and Obama have all blinked,” when it came to trade deals with China. And according to Bannon, Trump didn’t.
Bannon has also backed the president on the recent Mueller report findings stating, “they have nothing,” and that he wouldn’t be surprised if Trump goes “full animal” and uses the report “to bludgeon” his attackers.
Trump says he has noticed these efforts and praises Bannon for it.
According to the president, “Nobody says anything better about me right now than Bannon.” He went on to say about Bannon, “there is nobody that is more respectful of the job I’m doing than Steve Bannon.”
However, even if Trump brings Bannon in for the 2020 campaign, many believe “He’ll keep him at arm’s length.” This was said by Sam Nunberg, who was a close advisor to Trump at one time and has worked with Bannon.
He went on to say, “The president is really his own strategist now.” Nunberg and others agree that Bannon is unlikely to receive any official credit or position from Trump on the matter. This is made evident by the fact the president often seems to prefer advisors from the outside on an informal basis, such as Newsmax publisher Chris Ruddy and Fox News host Sean Hannity.