In a Saturday interview with CBS, Trump’s former Chief Strategist Steve Bannon accused the GOP of sparing no effort in “nullifying” Trump’s election win last year. Bannon thinks House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell are mainly to blame for Trump’s failure to carry out his agenda.
“They do not want Donald Trump’s populist, economic nationalist agenda to be implemented. It’s very obvious,”
He recalled that McConnell once asked Trump to no longer use the ‘drain-the-swamp’ talk in his campaign speeches. McConnell reportedly complained during a meeting in the Trump Tower that he could no longer hire “smart people” because Trump was reporting requirements and called for extra scrutiny. ‘You gotta back off that,’ McConnell told Trump.
When CBS’s Charlie Rose noted that Bannon just attacked the two people Trump badly needs to implement his agenda, the former White House official said the pair wouldn’t help the President “unless they’re put on notice.”
Bannon wants Ryan and McConnell to be held accountable if they continue to undermine the Trump presidency. The former White House strategist believes the fact that the GOP leadership is not backing Trump is an “open secret on Capitol Hill.” “Everybody in this city knows it,” Bannon added.
McConnell and Ryan couldn’t be reached for comment about the Trump’s aide’s remarks.
Bannon Slams GOP for Its Many Unfulfilled Promises
Bannon also blasted the GOP leadership for failing to deliver on healthcare, despite repeated pledges to repeal Obamacare during Trump’s first months in office. Other unfulfilled GOP promises included a tax reform by summer and an infrastructure bill by December.
Bannon conceded that the GOP leadership cannot be fully blamed for the inability to pass the said bills, but he thinks neither Ryan nor McConnell is aware of the divisions within the party itself.
Bannon stepped down from his role as White Hosue Chief Strategist in August and hasn’t been replaced ever since. Meanwhile, he returned to the conservative media outlet Breitbart News after promising to support the Trump presidency from outside the White House.
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