After Steve Bannon prevailed on President Trump to withdraw from the Paris climate accord, it’s the White House chief strategist who’s now running the show, MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough said Friday.
“Steve Bannon is president of the United States,” Scarborough said on his “Morning Joe” program. “Donald Trump doesn’t know anything about policy; Donald Trump doesn’t know anything about politics; Donald Trump doesn’t know anything about anything.”
Bannon and Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt were said to be the point-men behind pressuring Trump to cancel American participation in the climate deal, signed under former President Obama.
That put Bannon ahead of the moderates within the administration on this score – Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump were said to have pushed for remaining within the treaty.
More than ever, Bannon’s place within the administration appears secure – a stark turnaround from a few months ago when there were rumors of his ouster and Trump was publicly distancing himself from the strategist.