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    Bannon’s back: Happiest person in Trump West Wing

    Bannon’s back: Happiest person in Trump West Wing

    Andrew Harnik / AP

    Not a lot of people in the White House are having fun these days. But one top official is having a blast — inviting friends over for lunch, joking about good times from the campaign, plotting 2018 and even 2020. He was recently spotted in the West Wing carrying the New York Post cover mocking CNN as "THE MOST BUSTED NAME IN NEWS."

    Steve Bannon, the proud culture warrior who was briefly and very publicly in the Trump doghouse, is ascendant after what friends call a period of "hibernation."

    "He's not cocky -- he's comfortable," said a longtime friend. "And he understands the game."

    His ideas are being taken seriously, and his worldview is clearly in Trump's head:


    • Bannon loves, enables, encourages the smackdowns with the media.
    • Bannon loves, enables, encourages the middle finger to NATO, and Germany in particular.
    • Bannon loves, enables and encourages the instincts that led Trump to withdraw from the Paris climate deal.
    • Bannon loves, enables, encourages tougher tone and trade action against China.
    • Bannon loves, enables encourages a hard line on immigration.
    • Bannon loves, enables, encourages a base-first and often base-only strategy.


    "Trump loves the fight,
    and Bannon loves the fight," another friend said.

    In many ways, being cornered and lashing out is Trump's comfort emotion; and his chief strategist is always there to feed it.

    Events in this madcap West Wing have conspired to give Bannon back much of his mojo: He's clearly going to stay, after being long rumored to be on the outs. He's no longer in a hot war with Jared Kushner. He played a key role in developing the Russia response. And he's back to pushing ideas the GOP establishment hates, including a tax hike on the rich and trade wars.

    Bannon's insurance policy is that he's the keeper of the base. Trump understands he's never going to be broadly popular, so he absolutely has to preserve his 46%.

    Axios' Jonathan Swan says that behind closed doors, Trump talks constantly about the base as "my people" and "our people": "What does this mean for my people?"

    Be smart: The biggest reason that Bannon is back is that his worldview is Trump's worldview. For the all the ups and downs, in-and-out-of-favor drama, Trump is more Bannon than he is Jared or Ivanka.

    https://www.axios.com/steve-bannon-i...453655521.html


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    I just stumbled on this March article today. Hmm, and all this time I thought it was Reince Priebus that saved DACA, not Bannon.



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    President Trump vowed there would be an immediate end to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program when he took office, but even as his other hardline immigration measures move forward, his administration has still not touched the DACA program. DACA allows children who were brought to the U.S. to remain in the country and work, and its preservation might come from the support of Trump's chief strategist, Stephen Bannon.

    "Bannon usually wins most battles," one White House insider toldBuzzFeed News. Although Attorney General Jeff Sessions and senior policy adviser Stephen Miller opposed DACA, Bannon reportedly won out:

    Previous reports have cast Bannon on one end of the spectrum on rescinding DACA and a more moderate group led by Chief of Staff Reince Priebus that wanted to keep it, but BuzzFeed News has learned that Bannon views DACA, which tends to be viewed more favorably than many immigration policies, as a strategic asset in the coming immigration policy battles, a source familiar with his thinking said.


    "Trump was never in favor of repealing DACA," said a source close to the president, who also said that keeping the program is in line with the immigration stance of Bannon, whose counsel Trump closely heeds. Bannon's economic nationalist view is very much rooted in culture, and so eliminating DACA wouldn't be a priority for him because "these kids have been here and they're going to schools here," the source said. "They're Americans. They understand the culture." [BuzzFeed News]

    "The president indicated that he’s open to compromise," added Newsmax Media CEO Christopher Ruddy, a close friend of Trump's. "The position would be a smart thing politically and a smart thing for the country." Jeva Lange

    http://theweek.com/speedreads/684970...saved-dreamers

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