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‘I’m my own strategist’: Trump declines to say whether he has confidence in Steve Bannon

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Donald Trump on Tuesday declined to say whether he has confidence in chief White House strategist Steven Bannon, instead pushing back on notions the former Breitbart executive was instrumental in the president’s 2016 electoral win.

“I like Steve, but you have to remember he was not involved in my campaign until very late,” Trump told New York Post’s Michael Goodwin. “I had already beaten all the senators and all the governors, and I didn’t know Steve. I’m my own strategist and it wasn’t like I was going to change strategies because I was facing crooked Hillary.”

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“Steve is a good guy, but I told them to straighten it out or I will,” Trump added, presumably referring to Bannon’s relationship with the president’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, whose worldview is reportedly at odds with the alt-right media mogul. Last week, the Daily Beast reported that Bannon called Kushner a “globalist” and “cuck,” and insisted he could not work with Ivanka’s husband because he committed the sin of being a “Democrat.”

Reports on infighting among Trump’s inner circle frustrate the president, who reportedly insisted the pair work out their differences. The president is also reportedly eyeing another staff shake-up, this time involving Bannon. The White House originally denied reports, with spokeswoman Lindsay Walters arguing the notion of looming administration changes “is a completely false story driven by people who want to distract from the success taking place in this administration.”

Trump’s comments Tuesday that Bannon and others need “to straighten it out of I will” would seem to contradict the notion that the president has not considered making changes amongst his staff.

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The Trump murder video is no joke: It’s an encouragement to ramp up the violence

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Donald Trump is not a “friendly fascist.” Unlike Ronald Reagan, the prototype for that concept, Trump does not pretend to be harmless. He does not offer up fake smiles and a cheerful nature, or display empathy and human concern for others, feigned or otherwise.

This article first appeared in Salon.

Donald Trump is direct, obvious and public in his threats against democracy, the Constitution and the rule of law. Trump and his movement are working to destroy America’s multiracial democracy through appeals to a mythic past that will “Make America Great Again.” In practice this means undoing all the social progress and democratic reforms of the last century or more and returning to a society where white people — rich white male Christians, in particular — are fully in control over all aspects of American society for all time.

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Nancy Pelosi goes there: Trump’s White House ‘meltdown’ is a sign he’s cracking under pressure

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We’ve reached the season where faithful viewers are forced to quit the series. If this were a Tom Clancy novel, it wouldn’t be believable. Day 1,000 of the Trump presidency has jumped the shark.This article first appeared in Salon.

“I think now we have to pray,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told reporters upon returning to Capitol Hill from the White House late Wednesday. Along with other Democratic leaders from Congress, Pelosi had earlier walked out of a White House meeting after what she described as "a very serious meltdown on the part of the president.”

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‘Take that down!’ Morning Joe demands producer yank ugly Trump tweet attacking Pelosi after meltdown meeting

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During a "Morning Joe" segment on Donald Trump's highly contentious meeting with House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi, host Joe Scarborough grew so disgusted with a tweet the president aimed at the California Democrat that he demanded his producer pull it from view for viewers.

After sharing what he called a "now iconic" photo of Pelosi confronting the president in the meeting and pointing out that people on Trump's side of the table were uniformly hanging their heads in shame, the show then shared Trump's Twitter interpretation of the meeting which included an ugly smear of Pelosi.

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