President Donald Trump’s ally and ex-strategist Steve Bannon is blasting White House aides who publicly distance themselves from the president — yet stick it out in the West Wing.
Steve Bannon, in a CBS interview weeks after he was pushed out from the administration, singled out Trump economic adviser Gary Cohn, saying, “If you don’t like what he’s doing and you don’t agree with it, you have an obligation to resign.”
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Cohn, in an interview with The Financial Times, had sharply denounced Trump for saying that “many sides” were to blame for the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, and criticized the administration’s response to incident.
Bannon’s take: “You can tell him, ‘Hey, maybe you can do it a better way.’ But if you’re going to break, then resign. If you’re going to break with him, resign.”
Asked if Cohn should have quit, Bannon said: “Absolutely.”
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Bannon, a favorite among the farr-right in the GOP, left his post in August after seven months in the West Wing. He returned to Breitbart News, which he led before joining Trump’s campaign.
Calling himself a “street fighter,” Bannon said “that’s why Donald Trump and I get along so well. I’m going to be his wing man outside for the entire time.”
Bannon also used the “60 Minutes” interview to criticize the Roman Catholic church, after church leaders denounced Trump’s decision to end a program that protected hundreds of thousands of young immigrants from deportation.
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He said bishops “need illegal aliens to fill the churches.”
The bishops, Bannon said, “have an economic interest in unlimited immigration, unlimited illegal immigration. … This is not doctrine at all.”
The Associated Press contributed to this article