Steve Bannon is Mark Meadows' puppet master as he disrupts GOP plans: NYT's Haberman
Real America's Voice

Donald Trump's grip on the Republican Party was on full display as House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) spoke for 8 hours and 32 minutes on the floor over night.

For analysis, CNN anchor John Berman interviewed New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman on Friday.

"I think that's what he is doing, he is facing blowback over the fact that 13 Republicans voted in favor of this bill to advance it and he has been getting pressure to have kept them in line," Haberman said. "Trump has been telling people privately he's frustrated with McCarthy. Take all that together, look at what McCarthy wants, if Republicans retake the House next year, we know he wants to be Speaker, that's what his goal is."

Berman played a clip of former Trump White House chief of staff Mark Meadows arguing that Trump should be the next Speaker of the House as the role does not require membership in the body.

"You can see Steve Bannon as the ventriloquist moving Meadows's mouth. I think he was taking a shot at McCarthy, he is trying to help his own standing with Trump. And, again, playing to Trump's idea that McCarthy should have done more to keep this bill from passing because it gives Biden an accomplishment."

"Is Trump complaining about McCarthy behind the scenes?" Berman asked.

"Yes," Haberman replied. "Trump complains about almost everybody at various points. It doesn't mean he will do anything to try to block McCarthy, but that is what he is talking about now."


Maggie Haberman