Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon told CBS this week that Washington’s “Republican establishment,” including the top GOP leaders in both houses of Congress, “is trying to nullify the 2016 election.”
That more traditional Republicans are looking to undermine President Donald Trump, Bannon said, is as “obvious as night follows day.”
Politico reports with more:
“The Republican establishment is trying to nullify the 2016 election. That’s a brutal fact we have to face,” Bannon said in an interview with CBS’ “60 Minutes” that will air on Sunday. Bannon’s interviewer, CBS anchor Charlie Rose, responded by asking the former White House adviser to name names.
“I think Mitch McConnell, and to a degree, Paul Ryan. They do not want Donald Trump’s populist, economic nationalist agenda to be implemented,” Bannon replied. “It’s obvious as night follows day is what they’re trying to do.”
Pressed further by Rose, Bannon recalled an early meeting between McConnell, the Senate majority leader, and Trump inside the president’s Manhattan skyscraper. McConnell, Bannon recalled, told Trump that “I don’t want to hear anymore of this ‘drain the swamp’ talk,” a reference to the president’s anti-corruption catchphrase on the campaign trail. “McConnell was, Day One, did not want to go there. Wanted us to back off,” Bannon said.
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