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Bannon: 'The Trump Presidency That We Fought for, and Won, Is Over'

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By    |   Friday, 18 Aug 2017 08:12 PM

The issues that President Donald Trump campaigned on and sought to enact after winning the election in 2016 would be giving way to a more moderate tone as his presidency entered a new phase, former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon told the Weekly Standard on Friday.

But, according to Bannon, the presidency that supporters had "fought for, and won, is over."

"The Trump presidency that we fought for, and won, is over," Bannon said Friday, shortly after confirming his departure from the Trump administration. "We still have a huge movement, and we will make something of this Trump presidency. But, that presidency is over. It'll be something else. And there'll be all kinds of fights, and there'll be good days and bad days, but that presidency is over."

Bannon said he would return to head right-leaning news website Breitbart, which he left a year ago when he joined the Trump campaign to serve as its chief executive.

Bannon was often at odds with other White House officials and was also the frequent target of media criticism. When former Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly took over as Trump's chief of staff earlier this month, he discovered Bannon was often disruptive and the source of leaks against administration rivals.

At this point in Trump's presidency, Bannon predicted it would be "that much harder" to get the "bigger things, like the wall, the bigger, broader things that we fought for" accomplished.

Bannon said the turning point for him for explaining why Trump would likely be unable to accomplish many of the things he promised on the campaign trail was "the Republican establishment," the article explained.

"The Republican establishment has no interest in Trump's success on this. They're not populists, they're not nationalists, they had no interest in his program. Zero. It was a half-hearted attempt at Obamacare reform, it was no interest, really, on the infrastructure. They'll do a very standard Republican version of taxes," he said.

"What Trump ran on — border wall, where is the funding for the border wall, one of his central tenets, where have they been? Have they rallied around the Perdue-Cotton immigration bill? On what element of Trump's program, besides tax cuts — which is going to be the standard marginal tax cut — where have they rallied to Trump's cause? They haven't," he added.

However, with his insider information and his return to Breitbart, Bannon said he felt "jacked up."

"Now I'm free. I've got my hands back on my weapons. Someone said, 'It's Bannon the Barbarian.' I am definitely going to crush the opposition. There's no doubt. I built a (expletive) machine at Breitbart. And now I'm about to go back, knowing what I know, and we're about to rev that machine up. And rev it up we will do."

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The issues that President Donald Trump campaigned on and sought to enact after winning the election in 2016 would be giving way to a more moderate tone as his presidency entered a new phase, former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon told the Weekly Standard on...
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