President Donald Trump is reportedly furious, lashing out at “that f*cking Steve Bannon” for trying to take credit for his election.
Buzzfeed News’ Adrian Carrasquillo reports that the president is not happy that his chief White House counselor claims responsibility for his electoral win last November and he’s livid.
“That fucking Steve Bannon taking credit for my election,” Trump lamented, according to a source who spoke with Carrasquillo.
“The president was troubled by the book ‘Devil’s Bargain’ by Joshua Green,” the source told BuzzFeed. “Every other page is a love letter to Steve Bannon.”
That Trump is privately admonishing Bannon comes as he publicly declined to say whether he has confidence in his top aide.
“He’s saying, ‘I’m going to force you to fire me in a public way or we’re going to follow the agenda we were elected for,’” an ally said.
In the days since, Bannon has generated several bizarre headlines, undercutting the White House on North Korea and dismissing white nationalists as a bunch of “clowns.” Rumors have circulated for months that Bannon will be the next official out at the White House, but confidantes told BuzzFeed “he could survive this one.”
“At the end of the day if Bannon is fired, this Republican White House, which is supposed to be nationalist conservative, would be fully staffed by generals, Democrats, Clinton voters and the occasional Bush aide,” a Bannon ally said. “What is this, the Twilight Zone?”