President Donald Trump seemed to deliberately distance himself from White House chief strategist Steve Bannon during a brief exchange with New York Post’s Michael Goodwin.
Amid reports that the White House will undergo a massive staff shake-up, Trump did not to offer his unconditional support to Bannon and downplayed his role during the presidential campaign last year.
The Daily Caller reports:
“I like Steve, but you have to remember he was not involved in my campaign until very late,” Trump told the New York Post. “I had already beaten all the senators and all the governors, and I didn’t know Steve. I’m my own strategist and it wasn’t like I was going to change strategies because I was facing crooked Hillary.”
Goodwin’s timely question came as rumors emerge of infighting in the West Wing, particularly between Bannon and Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and top adviser.
Bannon joined the Trump campaign in August and assumed the role of campaign CEO. He and campaign manager Kellyanne Conway were key personalities of the campaign.
Bannon was retained as chief political adviser in the Trump administration and served alongside chief of staff Reince Priebus.