President Donald Trump refused to issue a public statement of confidence in Steve Bannon on Tuesday, showing that his chief strategist really is on the chopping block.
Rumors of a huge shakeup that could involve Trump firing Bannon are swirling around in Washington after his demotion from the National Security Council last week, and various reports from White House insiders who say Trump is fed up with the infighting between Bannon and Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law.
Another report said Bannon threatened to quit over the NSC demotion.
Michael Goodwin, of the New York Post, asked Trump Tuesday whether Bannon still held the president’s full confidence, and the president gave a rather tepid response:
“I like Steve, but you have to remember he was not involved in my campaign until very late,” Trump told the New York Post. “I had already beaten all the senators and all the governors, and I didn’t know Steve. I’m my own strategist and it wasn’t like I was going to change strategies because I was facing crooked Hillary.”
“Steve is a good guy, but I told them to straighten it out or I will,” he concluded.