New Jew

A fiery Nige­rian politi­cian says he’s a mem­ber of the tribe.

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and his team, and led to ex­clu­sive ac­cess for Bre­it­bart to White House of­fi­cials.

There is lit­tle in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing Ban­non’s cur­rent re­la­tion­ship with Bre­it­bart, but un­der the new White House waiver he will be al­lowed to main­tain an open chan­nel to the news out­let that openly backed Trump through­out the cam­paign and dur­ing the early months of his pres­i­dency.

In do­ing so, Ban­non may have a greater role than meets the eye. In ad­di­tion to be­ing a mem­ber of Trump’s clos­est cir­cle, equal to ad­viser Jared Kush­ner and to Chief of Staff Reince Preibus, Ban­non can also be in­stru­men­tal in shap­ing the cov­er­age of Trump’s pres­i­dency in Bre­it­bart, thus mak­ing sure that the pres­i­dent’s most loyal sup­port base re­ceives a pos­i­tive im­age of Trump and his poli­cies.

The re­cent de­ci­sion by Trump to with­draw from the Paris climate agree­ment demon­strates the Fif­teen-year-old Gabe Fleisher, the son of a St. Louis area rabbi, is be­ing hailed as for his savvy daily news and anal­y­sis round-up, which goes out daily to 2,000 sub­scribers. cov­er­age of­fered by Bre­it­bart on con­tro­ver­sial is­sues sur­round­ing the pres­i­dent. While other na­tional me­dia out­lets high­lighted the var­i­ous points of view about the agree­ment, and about the crit­i­cism hurled at the ad­min­is­tra­tion by en­vi­ron­men­tal­ists and Euro­pean na­tions, Bre­it­bart led with a head­line read­ing, “Prom­ise Kept: POTUS With­draws USA From Global Warm­ing Deal.”

Ban­non, ac­cord­ing to re­ports, was the key voice push­ing Trump to move for­ward with the de­ci­sion to aban­don the climate pact.

The ethics waivers, while is­sued un­der White House rules, are un­usual in their breadth. Trump, in his first four months in of­fice, is­sued five times the num­ber of waivers that his pre­de­ces­sor, Barack Obama, did in his first four months.

Wal­ter Shaub, di­rec­tor of the Of­fice of Gov­ern­ment Ethics, ques­tioned the va­lid­ity of the waivers and said there was no le­gal op­tion for retroac­tive ex­emp­tions given to gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials. He ex­pressed spe­cial con­cern about the me­dia con­tact waiver, which did not in­clude dates and there­fore did not make clear whether it ex­empted Ban­non from fu­ture ethics prob­lems when con­tact­ing Bre­it­bart or whether it was made out to re­solve com­plaints about Ban­non’s pre­vi­ous ties with the right- wing me­dia out­let.

GETTY IM­AGES

Mak­ing Head­lines? Steve Ban­non walks to a wait­ing Ma­rine One he­li­copter in mid-April.

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