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Bannon Reportedly Thought Explosive Comments to Left-Wing Outlet Were Off the Record

Earlier this evening, left-wing publication American Prospect published an explosive interview with White House chief strategist Steve Bannon. The piece was so well-read early on that the outlet’s website was constantly crashing. And for good reason. In the interview, Bannon dismissed “ethno-nationalists”, undermined President Trump’s “fire and fury” stance on North Korea, and dished on the internal fighting in the White House.

According to Axios, with other administration officials apparently very bothered by the things Bannon said in the piece, the ex-Breitbart chief is telling everyone that he was unaware that he was actually giving an interview when he spoke with the publication’s editor, Robert Kuttner.

Bannon has told associates that he admired the author’s stance on China, and so called the journalist, Robert Kuttner, on Tuesday, to discuss his piece. Apparently Bannon never thought that the journalist might take his (very newsworthy) comments and turn them into a story. It’s Anthony Scaramucci all over again (minus the curse words.)

It has been reported that Bannon’s on thin ice already within the administration. And during his off-the-rails presser Tuesday, Trump didn’t exactly put those rumors to rest. Now, it would appear this interview has given Bannon’s adversaries in the White House all the ammunition they need to oust him.

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