Trump distances himself from chief strategist Bannon
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.