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Michael Reagan on Bannon Ouster: 'Not Room for 2 Narcissists'

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White House chief adviser Steve Bannon was fired for going "off the rails," for trashing the Trump administration and stealing the spotlight from the commander-in-chief himself, veteran political commentator Michael Reagan told Newsmax TV on Friday.

"There's not room for two narcissists in one building basically. And when Steve Bannon decided to go off the rails and do the interview he did with the American Prospect, the fact is the matter he wrote his own death sentence, if you will," Reagan, the son of Ronald Reagan said to Bill Tucker on "Newsmax Now."

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"It reminded me of [deputy White House chief of staff] Mike Deaver in my father's administration [who] had a photo taken of him next to his jaguar in front of the White House and the caption was: 'Who speaks to the president of the United States of America?'

"And about 72 hours later no more Mike Deaver involved in the White House. You can't do that. You got to work as a team and one thing this White House has not done to this date is work as a team. They work as individuals, but you need a team to move agendas not individuals."

Sources told Newsmax the boom was lowered after Bannon told American Prospect there is "no military solution" to dealing with North Korea's nuclear threats. He also publically trashed Susan Thornton, acting head of East Asian and Pacific Affairs in the State Department, and chief economic adviser Gary Cohn and said senior White House officials were "wetting themselves" over changing U.S. trade strategy.

Reagan said White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, who replaced Reince Priebus in a bid to bring order to the ongoing chaos in the administration, and national security adviser H.R. McMaster, likely had a hand in Bannon being shown the door, although ultimately Trump approved the heave-ho.

"I don't think Trump likes anybody doing interviews other than him. I think that article was probably really what led Trump to finally come onboard and say 'we need to get rid of this guy. I can't have him going out there making news when I'm the president and I'm the one who's supposed to be making all the news,"' Reagan told Tucker.

On Thursday, Sen. Bob Corker, a Tennessee Republican, made waves when he told reporters on Thursday that Trump "has not yet been able to demonstrate the stability, nor some of the competence that he needs to demonstrate in order to be successful."

It's a sentiment that Reagan agrees with.

"A lot of Republicans have been saying that and in many ways it's very, very true with what he is saying. The president of the United States needs to wake up and the people of his own party are trying to tell him what he needs to in fact be doing that he's not doing," Reagan said.

"The whole thing with Charlottesville was a train wreck for him. Absolute train wreck."

Reagan was referring to the president's extraordinary flip-flopping on placing blame for those responsible for the deadly violence at last Saturday's white supremacy rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

The commander-in-chief sparked outrage when he first said "many sides" were to blame for the violence in which counter-protester Heather Heyer, 32, was killed. He later flip-flopped and called out the Ku Klux Klan, neo-Nazis, and white supremacist groups. Then, he flip-flopped again, by going back to his "many sides" view on Tuesday.

Trump also said some of the alt-right protesters are "very nice people" and both sides of the protests had some "very fine" people.

"This is the guy who thinks of politics like he's playing tennis and he's got to win every single point. If he went to Wimbledon, he wouldn't be happy with winning 6, 4. And that's why he keeps on going back and redoing what he's already done and that's where he hurts himself," Reagan said.

"[His flip-flops] caused Corker and many Republicans just to shake their heads because they're looking at re-election too in another year. And they've got to get everybody on the team and they can't have a Republican Party that's in absolute disarray, that's thought of as a racist party walking into an election in 2018."

Reagan said one of Trump's chief problems is that he running the nation like he ran his business — as a dictator and somebody who ultimately ignores the advice of his staff.

"He ran his business like a dictatorship and that's what he's doing within the White House. He doesn't see those people as equals. He sees those people as just underwings that he's in charge of. And people are afraid to say something. They leak things because they're afraid to talk to him, afraid he's going to go off on them on a Twitter rampage," Reagan said.

"And so people are very cautious about being around the president of the United States. The only people he defends are family members. There's nobody else this president defends. And he's got to start defending Republicans instead of blaming them …"

As well, Reagan added, Trump's policies are completely muddled.

"If you took his staff and you put them in a room and … and you said 'what's the policy on North Korea?' You get five different answers. There's no policy," he said.

Reagan is the author of "Lessons My Father Taught Me: The Strength, Integrity, and Faith of Ronald Reagan," written with Jim Cenney and published by Humanix.

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