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Is Bannon in peril? Trump comments worry his populist base

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These officials said Bannon's influence has been overstated, pointing out that numerous president's ideas on trade, immigration and the economy were formed before Bannon joined the campaign. What's more, Trump talks about Bannon's contributions in much the same way Sean Spicer started talking about former campaign manager Paul Manafort when the admin wanted to distance themselves from his ties to Russian Federation.

His isolation inside the White House, after weeks of battle with senior aides aligned with Mr Jared Kushner, Mr Trump's son-in-law, appeared to grow even starker this week after the President undercut Mr Bannon in two interviews and played down his role in the Trump presidential campaign.

House Dems are now pushing a "discharge petition" on a bill, which would require all US presidents - including Trump - to disclose their tax returns or the Office of Government Ethics and the FEC can request the returns from the Treasury and make them publicly available.

Bannon also headed up the openly misogynist Breitbart, which gave the world such balanced, well-reported articles as "Birth Control Makes Women Unattractive and Crazy".

It would be, in short, the "pivot" that so many conservatives in Washington have clamored for and hopefully anticipated since it became clear Trump would be the GOP nominee.

Stephen Bannon, a cultured shadow man, a former business banker and film producer, has rarely been heard since his arrival at the White House.

Miller, the White House national policy director, has been a cheerleader of administration policies linked to Bannon's nationalist-populist agenda.

"Now, he's going to take a pounding, and he's going to move forward", Fleisher told The Washington Post.

"I like Steve, but you have to remember, he was not involved in my campaign until very late", Trump said.

If there were any lingering doubts about the victor of the feud between Steve Bannon and Jared Kushner, President Trump removed them on Wednesday by publicly describing the chief strategist as merely "a guy who works for me". Breitbart played a part, of course, in boosting Trump, but it was not the author of his worldview. Trump told the New York Post.

Recent examples include a Time magazine cover story on Bannon describing him as "The Great Manipulator", being portrayed on Saturday Night Live as the Grim Reaper pulling the president's strings, as well as the Democrats branding him President Bannon to highlight his apparent influence over Trump. We learned last decade that certain entities can receive government bailouts because they are "too big to fail" while thousands of our friends and neighbors lost jobs, businesses and livelihoods because they had much less say in national affairs.

But there was an echo in Trump claiming that he hardly knew Bannon. To the extent they are a coherent movement with shared interests beyond trolling women and minorities, sure. Though he has championed his views in meetings, he has generally reacted calmly if he doesn't get his way, "not burning it all down", in the words of one White House official.

As for the actual voters, well, they might not even notice. They also echoed Trump's statements earlier this week saying Bannon doesn't deserve much credit for helping the president win.

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