Trump's firing of Comey 'historic mistake': Bannon

  • Trump's firing of Comey 'historic mistake': Bannon

Trump's firing of Comey 'historic mistake': Bannon

Bannon, speaking in a "60 Minutes" interview that will air Sunday on CBS, said the "Billy Bush Saturday, to me, is a litmus test". Bannon slammed Trump's firing of former FBI Director James Comey, as the biggest mistake in "modern political history".

Naming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan specifically, Bannon told CBS's Charlie Rose: "They do not want Donald Trump's populist, economic nationalist agenda to be implemented".

Here are some of the moments you may have missed in Bannon's interview with Charlie Rose on 60 Minutes.

He added that Comey's departure directly spawned the appointment of special counsel Robert Mueller and his investigation into possible collaboration between the Trump administration and Russian Federation to interfere in the 2016 election. Trump's sudden dismissal of the FBI director led the Justice Department to appoint Robert Mueller as special counsel in an investigation that could doom the administration.

Bannon went on to talk about the "swamp" in Washington, hinting at the lobbyists reaching out to politician, and said the "swamp" could not be cleared in eight months.

Asked about attacking the very people Trump needs to enact his agenda, Bannon said GOP leaders won't provide such help "unless they're put on notice". "We embraced the establishment", Bannon said.

ROSE: Were you in favor of [Comey] being fired?

But he said he does not believe the special counsel should be fired. 'I think what we have to do is focus on the American citizens, ' the ex-Trump aide urged.

Bannon also repeatedly dodged the question of whether or not he accepts the intelligence community's assessment that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 election, something the president has struggled to accept even as other members of his administration side with the intelligence community.

"I'm talking about obviously, about Gary Cohn and some other people", Bannon replied, in reference to a Financial Times interview in which the chief economic adviser expressed concern over the violence.

Sanders said she was not sure Trump had seen the entire interview. And I think you have to look at it as institutions. What built America's called the American system from Hamilton to Polk to Henry Clay to Lincoln to the Roosevelts, ' Bannon said. In Bannon's opinion, the administration should have taken a more hard-line stance on immigration and moved forward.

- President Trump marked the anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks during a ceremony at the Pentagon and warned terror groups that "American can not be intimidated". He did admit, though, that this will not be an easy move to make or implement and that is precisely why this may not be the flawless move to make right now when Trump's presidency is still in its first year. On Aug. 18, Bannon resigned from the White House and returned to Breitbart, The Guardian reports. And I don't believe that he thinks they're looking out what's in his best interest, okay?