Trump dis­tances him­self from chief strate­gist Ban­non

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - — David Sherfinski

Pres­i­dent Trump this week put a bit of day­light be­tween him­self and top strate­gist Stephen K. Ban­non, call­ing Mr. Ban­non a “good guy” while down­play­ing his role in the 2016 cam­paign.

“I like Steve, but you have to re­mem­ber he was not in­volved in my cam­paign un­til very late,” Mr. Trump said in an in­ter­view with New York Post colum­nist Michael Good­win this week.

Mr. Good­win re­ported that he asked Mr. Trump if he still has con­fi­dence in Mr. Ban­non and said he did not get a “de­fin­i­tive yes.”

Mr. Ban­non was ap­pointed cam­paign CEO in Au­gust, and Mr. Trump named him chief White House strate­gist.

But the for­mer Bre­it­bart News ex­ec­u­tive’s name has been men­tioned in re­ports on power jock­ey­ing among top White House aides, such as Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and top ad­viser Jared Kush­ner, the pres­i­dent’s son-in-law.

“Steve is a good guy, but I told them to straighten it out or I will,” Mr. Trump told the Post colum­nist.

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