Yesterday CNNMoney reported that Rupert Murdoch dined with President Trump on August 1st. Brian Stelter noted in his report this was a “private dinner” at the White House that took place a day after Anthony Scaramucci left.
And now the New York Times has a report about Steve Bannon‘s status in the White House which reveals some details about what Murdoch said to the President.
There have been more and more calls to fire Bannon, especially after Charlottesville, and Axios reported on Saturday Trump “has told close associates that he believes Steve Bannon is behind damaging leaks about White House colleagues.”
The Times report says Bannon is in “a kind of internal exile” in the White House, and that Trump has considered getting rid of him “for months.”
However, he’s still involved to some degree. The report includes this tidbit about Charlottesville and the alt-right:
Despite his marginalization, Mr. Bannon consulted the president repeatedly over the weekend as Mr. Trump struggled to respond to the neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville, Va. In general, Mr. Bannon has cautioned the president not to criticize far-right activists too severely for fear of antagonizing a small but energetic part of his base.
And among the growing chorus of people saying Bannon should be ousted is apparently Murdoch himself.
At the aforementioned dinner, Murdoch apparently told the President that Bannon should go and Trump even “vented” about his chief strategist:
At a recent dinner at the White House with Mr. Kushner and Mr. Kelly, before Mr. Trump decamped for a working vacation at his private golf club in Bedminster, N.J., the president listened while one of the guests, Mr. Murdoch, a founder of Fox News, said Mr. Bannon had to go.
Mr. Trump offered little pushback, according to a person familiar with the conversation, and vented his frustrations about Mr. Bannon. Mr. Murdoch is close to Mr. Kushner, who has been in open warfare with Mr. Bannon since the spring.
Axios reporter Jonathan Swan tweeted the same about Murdoch earlier:
I'm also told Rupert Murdoch is aggressively agitating against Steve Bannon….
— Jonathan Swan (@jonathanvswan) August 14, 2017
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