STEVE BANNON SAYS HE’S GOING TO WAR WITH THE REPUBLICAN ESTABLISHMENT, WHOM HE SAYS ARE TRYING TO NULLIFY THE 2016 ELECTION, ON SUNDAY’S “60 MINUTES”
In His First Extended Interview since Leaving the White House, the President’s Former Chief Strategist Says Republicans like Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan “Do Not Want Donald Trump’s Populist, Economic Nationalist Agenda to Be Implemented” in a
“60 Minutes” Excerpt Broadcast Tonight on the “CBS Evening News”
Former Trump Administration Chief Strategist Stephen K. Bannon says the Republican establishment, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Speaker Paul Ryan, is trying to nullify the 2016 election. In his first extended interview since leaving his job at the White House, Bannon tells Charlie Rose he is at war with the Republicans, whom he says do not want to implement “Donald Trump’s populist, economic nationalist agenda.” The interview will be broadcast on 60 MINUTES Sunday, Sept. 10 (7:00-8:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
An excerpt of the interview was broadcast on the CBS EVENING NEWS tonight, a transcript is below. Please credit 60 MINUTES: http://cbsn.ws/2xas6AW
STEVE BANNON: The Republican establishment is trying to nullify the 2016 election. That’s a brutal fact we have to face.
CHARLIE ROSE: The Republican establishment?
STEVE BANNON: The Republican establishment is trying—
CHARLIE ROSE: Wants to nullify the 2016 election?
STEVE BANNON: Trying to nullify the 2016 election. Absolutely.
CHARLIE ROSE: Who?
STEVE BANNON: I think Mitch McConnell, and to a degree, Paul Ryan. they do not want Donald Trump’s populist, economic nationalist agenda to be implemented. It's very obvious. It's obvious as—it’s obvious as the—it’s obvious as night follows day is what they’re trying to do—
CHARLIE ROSE: Give me a story that illustrates that.
STEVE BANNON: Oh, Mitch McConnell when we first met him, I mean, he was—he said, I think in one of the first meetings—in Trump Tower with the president—as we’re wrapping up, he basically says, “I don't want to hear any more of this ‘drain the swamp’ talk.” He flat out. He goes, “A guy up on Capitol Hill can’t buy a Coke unless it’s got to be reported.” He says, “I can’t—I can’t hire any smart people,” because everybody’s all over them for reporting requirements and—and the pay, et cetera, and the scrutiny. You know, “You got to back off that.” The “drain the swamp” thing was—is Mitch McConnell was day one did not want to—did not want to go there. Wanted us to back off.
CHARLIE ROSE: You are attacking on many fronts people who you need to help you to get things done.
STEVE BANNON: They’re not going to help you unless they’re put on notice. They’re going to be held accountable if they do not support the president of the United States. Right now there’s no accountability. They have totally—they do not support the President’s program. It’s an open secret on Capitol Hill. Everybody in this city knows it.
CHARLIE ROSE: And so therefore, now that you’re out of the White House, you’re going to war with them?
STEVE BANNON: Absolutely.
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