There’s never been a shortage of rumors in Washington, D.C. Sometimes it seems like the primary form of communication, in fact. The current administration has certainly done nothing to dial down that reputation. The latest pulp from the rumor mill was caught during a short exchange between Putin’s Puppet and the New York Post‘s Michael Goodwin Tuesday afternoon, when Goodwin asked about confidence levels in Stephen Bannon, the neo-Nazi nutjob who’s had Trump’s ear since August 2016.
Rather than reassure Goodwin that all was well, Trump seemed to distance himself from the alt-right asswipe:
I like Steve, but you have to remember he was not involved in my campaign until very late. I had already beaten all the senators and all the governors, and I didn’t know Steve. I’m my own strategist and it wasn’t like I was going to change strategies because I was facing crooked Hillary.
Yikes! Not the words of a close pal.
You’ll remember that the same thing happened with Michael Flynn, Paul Manafort, and Roger Stone — all eventually disowned by Trump one by one after they each became a liability. Carter Page, who was revealed Tuesday to be the subject of a FISA warrant for FBI surveillance last year on the suspicion he was working as an agent of Russia, faced a similar distancing when it looked like he would take the fall for the misdeeds of the campaign.
Trump is not a loyal man — he says whatever he needs to say at the time it helps him most. The final word on Bannon, after weeks of very public clashes with Trump’s son-in-law?
Steve is a good guy, but I told them to straighten it out or I will.
We’ll see how much longer the Breitbart Brainfart lasts in a White House only big enough for one giant ego: Trump’s.