Don’t Call It A Comeback? Book Suggests Steve Bannon May Return To Trump Campaign
After being fired within the first year of his boss’s tenure in office, President Donald Trump is considering bringing Steve Bannon back to his 2020 presidential campaign, a new book alleges.
Author Alexander Nazaryan, whose new book “The Best People: Trump’s Cabinet and the Siege on Washington” is set to be released soon, interviewed Bannon extensively for much of his material, according to The Guardian, which obtained an advanced copy of the book.
Yet it’s Trump’s words, stemming from an interview Nazaryan had with the president in February, that seem to suggest Bannon could find his way back to Trump.
“Nobody says anything better about me right now than Bannon,” Trump said earlier in the year to the book’s author.
Trump commended Bannon for continuing to support his administration even after he was let go from his position as chief White House strategist for the president, and didn’t rule out the possibility of him making a return to his inner-circle — particularly on the upcoming campaign trail.
“I will say this. Bannon, there is nobody that has been more respectful of the job I’m doing than Steve Bannon,” Trump said.
Indeed, Bannon has continued to say all the right things when it comes to placating Trump’s ego. After Mueller’s report was submitted in March of this year, which was followed up by a dubious letter from Attorney General William Barr, Bannon said it “looks like they have nothing” on the president, mirroring in some ways Trump’s familiar “no collusion/no obstruction” lines.
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Bannon’s fall from the president’s graces began in part after the publication of a separate book, “Fire and Fury” by Michael Wolff, detailed how the strategist had belittled Trump’s children.
But in January of 2018, some time after he was removed from the White House, Bannon did something remarkable and out of character for himself, according to reporting from Axios: he apologized.
On the president’s eldest son, Bannon expressed glowing praise. “Donald Trump, Jr. is both a patriot and a good man. He has been relentless in his advocacy for his father and the agenda that has helped turn our country around,” Bannon said.
He also expressed strong support for the president himself.
“My support is also unwavering for the president and his agenda — as I have shown daily in my national radio broadcasts, on the pages of Breitbart News and in speeches and appearances from Tokyo and Hong Kong to Arizona and Alabama,” Bannon said at the time.
Trump has fired many of his aides and cabinet members since becoming president. But if anyone has a chance of coming back, there’s a strong case to be made that it’s probably Bannon.