As campaign-season kicks off, Steve Bannon, and his colleague Jason Miller, are moving closer to President Trump’s orbit. In Miller’s case, he has even joined the Trump campaign.
The question is, should Bannon, the former White House Chief Strategist, officially rejoin as well?
There is no doubt Bannon’s focus on China aligns him perfectly with President Trump’s key foreign policy challenge. But would the President welcome Bannon back?
Daniel Strauss reports on Bannon’s edging closer to the White House in The Guardian, writing (abridged):
As an election approaches, Steve Bannon and his allies are trying to return the former chief White House strategist to media circles known to influence the president’s thinking.
An investment banker who became chairman of Breitbart News and led Donald Trump’s campaign in 2016, Bannon has extensive links to global far-right nationalist movements.
More recently, Bannon and Jason Miller, a former Trump communications adviser, worked on a podcast called Bannon’s War Room, a niche offering for the right wing of the party.
Both men have now returned to more mainstream Republican and conservative media circles.
Miller recently returned to the Trump campaign as a senior adviser, briefing Trump often and is reportedly in good standing with the president.
Bannon’s successes have been more modest. But he recently appeared on Fox News, discussing the forthcoming election and lavishing praise on the boss who fired him.
“When people see the difference between the order of Trump and the chaos of [presumptive Democratic candidate Joe] Biden,” he said, “I think it’s going to be a pretty clear choice and I think Biden’s going to have a very tough time making this case to people.”