Jonathan Swan Aug 17
Steve Bannon thought he wasn't giving an interview
Steve Bannon's White House colleagues can't believe what they're reading tonight — and here's the twist: neither can Bannon.
- The White House chief strategist has told associates he never intended to do an "interview" with an editor at the American Prospect, a left-wing publication.
- 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.)
- The result is not good for Bannon, who is already under pressure, with colleagues lined up against him and a president who agrees with him ideologically but tells associates he thinks Bannon is a leaker.