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Bannon on NYT op-ed: "This is a coup"

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Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon told Reuters that last week's anonymous New York Times op-ed from a senior Trump administration official amounts to a "coup."

"What you saw the other day was as serious as it can get. This is a direct attack on the institutions. This is a coup, okay."

The big picture: Like his pro-Trump documentary set to premiere ahead of this fall's midterm elections, Bannon's comments are likely another way to get the president's attention. But, as Axios' Jonathan Swan reported last month, Trump still has a great deal of personal animus toward Bannon — and most White House officials and senior Republicans in Congress feel the same way.