Bannon walks back ’30 percent’ assessment of Trump’s odds on finishing term
Fired White House chief strategist Stephen K. Bannon addressed the Values Voters Summit on Saturday and appeared to hit back at his own comments from earlier this week regarding President Donald Trump’s chances of finishing his term without resigning or getting impeached.
The Daily Beast said Bannon told the right-wing Christians of the Values Voters Summit that Trump “is not only going to finish this term, he’s going to win with 400 electoral votes in 2020.”
This is in stark contrast to leaked Bannon remarks printed in Vanity Fair in an article by Gabe Sherman that said Bannon only gives Trump 30 percent odds of finishing his term.
In spite of being fired from the White House and banished from the president’s presence, Bannon continues to speak to Trump by phone, which might explain why he abruptly changed his assessment.
Longtime Trump friend and confidant Tom Barrack told the Washington Post this week that he has been “deeply disappointed” in how Trump has handled the presidency. However, he attempted to soften his criticisms a day later — reportedly after receiving an angry call from the president.