Shrewd Bannon Flushes Out Enemies of the State
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Former Breitbart CEO and current White House chief strategist, Steve Bannon, issued strong demands and the House Freedom Caucus to fall in with senior party officials.
However Congress is still not a Breitbart subsidiary at this time.
There are also reports from the New York Times that Bannon sought to use the AHCA vote as a means of creating a list of enemies.
A Hill GOP aide involved in last-minute negotiations told the Times that Bannon and White House legislative affairs director Marc Short pressured the president to let the House vote on the ObamaCare replacement bill.
Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), however, strongly advised Trump against letting the bill go to a public vote on Friday, as several dozen Republicans remained opposed to the legislation.
Ryan’s concern was that this whole embarrassing debacle could harm the Republican majority in the 2018 midterms.
He also doesn’t want to rankle those Republicans they’re hoping to pull on board for legislative moves in the future, such as raising the debt ceiling.
West Wing aides told the newspaper that the White House was privately stunned that the Speaker was unable to master the politics of the GOP conference.
Publicly, Trump and the White House press secretary Sean Spicer expressed confidence in Ryan, stating that the administration is fully behind the Republican House leader.
Usually when guys like that say things like this it means Ryan has a bright red bullseye on his back. And any who continue to defy Bannon should be vary wary
Bannon was unavailable for comment at the time this story was published.