Former Trump-era White House chief of staff Steve Bannon, among others, is a loyalist who’s reportedly been busy corralling former President Donald Trump’s allies outside the official campaign.
According to NBC News, Bannon is one of several figures — including Stephen Miller, Ric Grenell, Kash Patel, Tucker Carlson, Corey Lewandowski, Michael Caputo, etc. — who are insiders whose “job is to help corral Trump’s allies outside the campaign, without acting as gatekeepers who alienate supporters.”
Bannon in particular has been using his podcast, “War Room,” to suggest what sorts of policies Americans may see in Trump’s second term.
“Patel recently suggested on Bannon’s show that Trump could use the power of the federal government to target his political and media enemies,” NBC News notes.
Here’s the kicker: Both Bannon’s podcast and the info he’s revealing are catching the attention of the Republican Party’s top donors, many of whom are “now regularly watching the program.”
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All this is included in an NBC News report more specifically focused on all the “conservative advisers who orbited him while he was president” and who are now back in business helping him in some way or another to win the 2024 presidential election.
And who, according to NBC News, are also now engaging in infighting as they fight for their place in the “Trump world,” as the network calls it.
“The one thing about Donald Trump is that he loves the infighting,” a former adviser who reportedly remains in the former president’s orbit told the outlet.
His management style “pits people against each other, but he sits back and it’s like entertainment for him,” the adviser added. “No matter what the campaign wants or says, he likes the spectacle of people jockeying for his attention.”
The good news is that in this jockeying, he winds up hearing lots of different viewpoints and opinions.
“He likes to get multiple opinions from people who have distinctly different perspectives, because far too often, political leaders will only get opinions from one side and only get opinions from people who have personal interest in how a decision plays out,” campaign spokesperson Jason Miller told NBC News.
“Getting input from a number of places and then coming to his own conclusion has always been one of his strengths as a leader,” he added.
Asked for confirmation as to the claim that Trump enjoys infighting, Miller said, “I wouldn’t speak so much to that. There was some talk that maybe that factored into the White House days, but I think that the difference here, and why you don’t see the drama, is because President Trump knows whose opinions he values and he knows who he can trust.”
— Jason Miller (@JasonMillerinDC) December 28, 2023
The good news is the infighting isn’t as bad within the campaign itself.
“In years and cycles past, there’s always been a level of infighting and trying to climb over one another to the top. That’s not happening now. While there are some frustrations with individuals at times, there’s no alienation,” a source close to the former president told NBC News.
“That’s in large part due to the figures at the center of the operation: Susie Wiles and Chris LaCivita, who serve as de facto co-campaign managers; Miller, a veteran strategist; and longtime adviser Boris Epshteyn,” NBC News notes.
Wiles, formerly an adviser for Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, has been praised for “professionalizing the team” and “instilling discipline not only in Trump but also in his motley band of loyalists and advisers — in part by keeping them within the fold.”
“Those closest to the president, and those who are committed to the president, are doing one of two things: They’re raising money, or they’re working hard to get him re-elected,” former Trump-era ambassador to Switzerland Ed McMullen told NBC News. “They are not engaging in the palace intrigue.”
The NBC News piece concludes by talking about Trump’s planned agenda.
“Inside and outside the campaign are operatives and policy strategists thinking about how to see Trump’s agenda through, with hires who can hit the ground running if he returns to the White House, said two advisers close to Trump who are not formally affiliated with the campaign,” NBC News notes.
These plans could stir “campaign arguments,” an unnamed adviser said.
“The higher-level appointments aren’t necessarily there yet,” they said. They are working on structure — how to deliver — and not so much on Cabinet appointments.”
“If you raise a name, he’s always interested in hearing about what you think. But his view is that the transition occurs after the nomination is achieved; until then, every ounce of energy is focused on that,” they added.