Roger Stone believes Steve Bannon is “alone and he’s surrounded” following a recent staffing shuffle that saw President Trump’s chief strategist removed from the National Security Council.
Calling himself a friend of Bannon’s, Stone said on MSNBC on Thursday that Bannon committed missteps by not spending any of his “political capital” by bringing in other “Trumpites and nonglobalists” into the White House sooner.
Stone, a Trump confidant and longtime political trickster dating back to the Nixon era, previously claimed that Jared Kushner, senior adviser and son-in-law to President Trump was leaking information to MSNBC in order to hurt Steve Bannon.
Bannon was elevated to be a part of the NSC back in January, an odd position for a political adviser which was met by fierce backlash. He was removed from the NSC earlier this month after in a shift that simultaneously appears to show a rise in power for national security adviser H.R. McMaster.
Host Chuck Todd asked if Kushner and White House chief of staff Reince Priebus did a better job of staffing the White House. Stone agreed.
“Yes. So now he’s alone and he’s surrounded,” Stone, who recently had a new book published, said. “I think unfairly, he takes the rap for the fiasco surrounding healthcare. Maybe Reince should be wearing a bit more of that.”
Stone went on to describe what he would have done differently when the House GOP’s Obamacare repeal-and-replace bill, which Trump supported, failed to get a vote. He said it “makes no sense” that Trump is attacking the conservative House Freedom Caucus, which he said are the president’s “natural allies” whose worldview are closer to his own.
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