Former top White House political strategist Steve Bannon reportedly thinks that President Donald Trump has clearly “lost a step” — and he believes that he might make a better choice to lead the country as the Republican nominee in 2020.
In a new profile of Bannon from Vanity Fair’s Gabriel Sherman, it’s reported that the former Trump campaign manager told a confidante that he’d consider a presidential run in 2020 if Trump chose not to run for a second term.
“Bannon has also remarked on the toll the office has taken on Trump, telling advisers his former boss has ‘lost a step,'” reports Sherman. “‘He’s like an 11-year-old child,’ Bannon joked to a friend in November.”
In his interviews with Sherman, Bannon always maintained that he had great respect for Trump — however, he didn’t hide the fact that he had regularly become frustrated at the direction the Trump White House had taken since the president won the election in 2016.
“I realize in hindsight I was just a staffer, and I’m not a good staffer,” Bannon admitted. “I had influence, I had a lot of influence, but just influence.”
One prominent Republican also said that Bannon hated giving Trump the final say on policy matters because Bannon believes Trump is “dumb and crazy.”