Bannon backtracks bigly

After cannoning into the Trump White House, in what looked like a payback for being sacked, Steve Bannon has backtracked bigly in a belated attempt to stem the blowing up of his ambitions.

This follows the release of Michael Wolff’s book ‘Fire and Fury’, which lifted the lid on White House dysfunction revealing details about a train wreck administration that didn’t shock because much of it was known or suspected already.

The President appears to be going nuclear on Bannon, rendering him toxic waste politically.

 

Axios Exclusive: Bannon apologizes

Steve Bannon is trying to make amends with the Trump family, providing a statement to Axios that expresses “regret” to President Trump and praises his son, Donald Trump Jr.

  • “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.”
  • “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.”
  • “President Trump was the only candidate that could have taken on and defeated the Clinton apparatus. I am the only person to date to conduct a global effort to preach the message of Trump and Trumpism; and remain ready to stand in the breach for this president’s efforts to make America great again.”
  • “My comments about the meeting with Russian nationals came from my life experiences as a Naval officer stationed aboard a destroyer whose main mission was to hunt Soviet submarines to my time at the Pentagon during the Reagan years when our focus was the defeat of ‘the evil empire’ and to making films about Reagan’s war against the Soviets and Hillary Clinton’s involvement in selling uranium to them.”
  • “My comments were aimed at Paul Manafort, a seasoned campaign professional with experience and knowledge of how the Russians operate. He should have known they are duplicitous, cunning and not our friends. To reiterate, those comments were not aimed at Don Jr.”
  • “Everything I have to say about the ridiculous nature of the Russian ‘collusion’ investigation I said on my 60 Minutes interview. There was no collusion and the investigation is a witch hunt.”
  • “I regret that my delay in responding to the inaccurate reporting regarding Don Jr has diverted attention from the president’s historical accomplishments in the first year of his presidency.”

Sounds like regret his blasting of the Trumps has backfired and destroyed his relationships with the White House, the Republicans, major funders and possibly with Breitbart, but it is probably too little, too late to stem the damage.

Bannon’s full statement (five days after the book bombshell hit):

“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.

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. President Trump was the only candidate that could have taken on and defeated the Clinton apparatus. I am the only person to date to conduct a global effort to preach the message of Trump and Trumpism; and remain ready to stand in the breech for this president’s efforts to make America great again.

My comments about the meeting with Russian nationals came from my life experiences as a Naval officer stationed aboard a destroyer whose main mission was to hunt Soviet submarines to my time at the Pentagon during the Reagan years when our focus was the defeat of ‘the evil empire’ and to making films about Reagan’s war against the Soviets and Hillary Clinton’s involvement in selling uranium to them.

My comments were aimed at Paul Manafort, a seasoned campaign professional with experience and knowledge of how the Russians operate. He should have known they are duplicitous, cunning and not our friends. To reiterate, those comments were not aimed at Don Jr.

Everything I have to say about the ridiculous nature of the Russian ‘collusion’ investigation I said on my 60 Minutes interview. There was no collusion and the investigation is a witch hunt.

I regret that my delay in responding to the inaccurate reporting regarding Don Jr has diverted attention from the president’s historical accomplishments in the first year of his presidency.”

It sounds like grovelling.

But Axios’ Jonathan Swan reported last night:

Trump has been working the phones over the past several days, telling allies they need to choose between him and Bannon.

And in typical fashion Trump has given Bannon a kicking on Twitter:

A split like this won’t do the future political ambitions of Trump and especially Bannon any good.

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22 Comments

  1. Griff

     /  January 9, 2018

    What a mess.
    It was entirely predictable.
    Rational peploe knew if trump won it would be a popcorn feast.
    It would be funny if it was not destroying the USA’s reputation on the worlds stage.

    • Gezza

       /  January 9, 2018

      Yep. And in my opinion even if he’d lost it would’ve been a popcorn feast. Even if he didn’t actually expect to win, I can’t imagine Trump, with his personality, being ever able to let being beaten go. My bet was always that he would have hounded Clinton the whole time if she’d been elected President. And he might even have got her impeached in the end, even if she did continue to be protected by her allies in government. Too much dirty laundry there.

      Hillary’s actually been pretty quiet, all things considered.

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  January 9, 2018

        Popcorn feast ? I had never heard that. it’s brilliant-what a great image.

  2. duperez

     /  January 9, 2018

    All this stuff is just dross and flotsam on the political wall. Quite nice that it’s close to the Banksy piece.

    Some have it that murals are part of the wall, part of the life of the wall and temporary like the wall. A mural may be washed off with time and weather but has served its purpose.

    Of course signs abound in this age letting us know that crap going into drains pollutes waterways and oceans with damage far reaching and often permanent.

    Stephen Miller proclaimed Donald Trump a genius for revolutionising reality TV. (I put that up there with Galileo and Einstein). Maybe Trump’s genius is having people believe that the detritus spewed is greater and more important than anything from Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo.

    Maybe his true genius though is having seemingly intelligent people pronouncing him to be a genius.

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  January 9, 2018

      Reality tv was around long before Trump used it to promote himself.

  3. Zedd

     /  January 9, 2018

    They used to say ‘knowledge is power’.. BUT in the ‘present reality’ its all about MONEY & who has it/controls it !! 😦

    “Yes Mr Trump.. what ever you say Mr President..” 😦

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  January 9, 2018

      That is a different kind of power, of course. There are many kinds of power.

      If you think that having money means being powerful nowadays, you need to read some history, It has always been like that.

  4. Griff

     /  January 9, 2018

    There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.

    Isaac Asimov, Column in Newsweek (21 January 1980)

    • Gezza

       /  January 9, 2018

      The pleasing thing for me about this book is that everybody involved is getting their comeuppance. And tbh I reckon it couldn’t happen to a more deserving bunch of people.

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  January 9, 2018

        I have never had the slightest wish to read a book about Trump, but I will read this if Uncle Lye Berry buys it-bags I read it first.

  5. Gezza

     /  January 9, 2018

  6. Gezza

     /  January 9, 2018

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  January 9, 2018

      Oh, brilliant-brilliant squared and cubed !

  7. Griff

     /  January 9, 2018

    Winning trump style.
    Energy agency rejects Trump plan to prop up coal and nuclear power plants

    An independent energy agency on Monday rejected a Trump administration plan to bolster coal-fired and nuclear power plants with subsidies, dealing a blow to the president’s high-profile mission to revive the struggling coal industry.
    ………
    The decision by the Republican-controlled Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) was unexpected and comes amid repeated promises by Trump to rejuvenate coal as the nation’s top power source. The industry has been besieged by multiple bankruptcies and a steady loss of market share as natural gas and renewable energy have flourished.
    in rejecting the proposal on Monday afternoon, the FERC declared that despite claims by the administration to the contrary, there is no evidence that any past or planned retirements of coal-fired power plants pose a threat to reliability of the nation’s electricity grid.
    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/jan/08/donald-trump-coal-industry-plan-rejected-rick-perry

  8. duperez

     /  January 9, 2018
  9. Bannon has ‘stepped down’ from Breitbart:

    • Mr Bannon and Breitbart said they will work together on a smooth transition.

      Mr Bannon said he is proud of what the Breitbart team had accomplished in building a “world-class news platform”.

      https://www.radionz.co.nz/news/world/347802/steve-bannon-quits-breitbart-news

      “world-class news platform” is debatable.

      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  January 10, 2018

        Consequence of one idiot talking to another.

        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  January 10, 2018

          1. One idiot says something nasty about Trump
          2. Another idiot publishes it.
          3. Lefty world goes nuts over it.

          Repeat ad infinitum.

          • Gezza

             /  January 10, 2018

            1. One Trump says something idiot & nasty
            2. Other idiots broadcast it on Fox News & Breitbats
            3. Righty world goes “genius” over it.