Maybe President Trump thinks he wants Bannon around as the reelection campaign ramps up. Bannon was a major factor in Trump’s election.
According to the Washington Examiner:
In the four months after he left the White House in August 2017, Steve Bannon would order reporters to the basement of the Capitol Hill townhouse known as the “Breitbart Embassy.” Sometimes, the news organization’s then-chairman would hustle to the third floor. President Trump was calling.
As with many Trump aides before him, Bannon was fired but remained in a wide circle of former employees and friends consulted by the president. But unlike many others, the phase didn’t last long, ending in a pitiable downfall.
Bannon’s influence imploded with the January 2018 release of author Michael Wolff’s “Fire and Fury.” The former White House chief strategist had given Wolff broad access and was quoted calling Donald Trump Jr. “treasonous” for meeting a Russian hawking dirt on Hillary Clinton.
But now, coinciding with the two year anniversary of his White House exit, Bannon’s exile from Trump’s Washington seems to be ending.
Bannon, the Trump 2016 campaign executive chairman and former White House chief strategist, has appeared increasingly often on TV, including Fox News, to discuss world events. And on Aug. 2, he impressed Trump, who tweeted: “Nice to see that one of my best pupils is still a giant Trump fan. Steve joined me after I won the primaries, but I loved working with him!
Trump was asked privately this month about Bannon following the tweet, and answered to the effect of, “I think Steve is great. He is fantastic on television,” a person with direct knowledge of the conversation told the Washington Examiner.