Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon is urging his former boss President Donald Trump to hold off on the State of the Union address until after he is acquitted by the Senate following his impeachment by Congress.
Bannon, who hosts the podcast War Room: Impeachment, believes that postponing the address would hurt the efforts of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). He believes that Pelosi is deliberately stalling the impeachment proceedings, in part, to hold it over Trump’s head during the State of the Union.
“Two reasons Nancy Pelosi slow-walked this: One was to find more evidence because they didn’t have it and they’re afraid the guns are going to be turned back on them for a weak case. The second was to make sure she could bigfoot President Trump’s State of the Union. That’s why she slow-walked this whole thing,” Bannon said to reporter Maria Bartiromo while appearing on Fox News’ Sunday Morning Futures.
“The reason [Trump] called for an expanded witness list was he understands that the jury is not the Senate, the jury is the American people, but the audience is the world. They’re watching on the streets of Taipei, they’re watching in Hong Kong, they’re watching in Tehran, they’re watching to see if the established order can back down Donald Trump,” he added.
Bannon believes that Trump should not proceed with his address until he is formally exonerated in the “trial of the century,” and then the President can make the State of the Union about his vindication following a witch hunt that has lingered on for many years.
“He has to be acquitted; he will be acquitted and exonerated. That should happen, and then he should do the State of the Union,” Bannon said.
In the interview, Bannon also praised President Trump for his foreign policy moves, and his willingness to project American strength throughout the world against malign actors.
“This is the Trump Doctrine, whether it’s in Hong Kong, or at the ballot box in Taiwan, or the streets of Tehran,” Bannon said. “President Trump has stood up to the Chinese Communist Party, the dictators in Beijing, he stood up to the mullahs in Tehran.”
“What President Trump did is go against the established order,” Bannon added. “The permanent political class’s foreign policy was to appease these dictators, to appease Beijing, and that’s why saw the rise of China. To appease the mullahs in Iran, and that’s why you saw this expansion of Iran with Hezbollah throughout the Middle East.”
Bannon believes that Trump’s “economic war” against the globalists will ultimately pay massive dividends for Americans who want to take their country back from the “permanent political class.”
“Donald Trump said, ‘This is not going to happen on my watch,'” Bannon continued. “He’s taken a very Churchillian stand, like Churchill took in the 1930s. It’s the permanent political class, and the John Kerrys, the Hillary Clintons, the foreign policy establishment, the Neville Chamberlains, they were the appeasers. He went to economic war.”
The State of the Union address is scheduled to take place on Feb. 4 unless Trump decides to postpone the event as Bannon has suggested.
Mitch McConnell Preparing Exit Strategies, Potential Successors in Advance of Possible Retirement
Will Mitch retire?
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has reportedly created a shortlist of potential successors, with the establishment Republican considering a possible retirement before his term ends. McConnell was reelected to another Senate term in 2020, and the Intercept broke the news of his retirement considerations on Thursday.
Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron is reportedly McConnell’s first pick for his successor. Former UN Ambassador Kelly Craft and Kentucky Secretary of State Michael Adams are also possible replacements. McConnell, 79, has served as a Kentucky Senator since 1985.
Kentucky law currently would allow Governor Andy Beshear- a Democrat- to appoint McConnell’s successor if he retired. However, McConnell is pushing for the Republican state legislature to pass reforms allowing them to select replacements for Senators who have resigned. McConnell’s quiet boosting of legislative reforms to appoint interim Senators led to the reports of his potential retirement, although it’s unclear when he plans to leave the picture.
McConnell largely alienated the Republican Party with a forceful denunciation of former President Donald Trump during the second sham impeachment trial targeting the President, although he declined to vote to convict the President on the basis of legality. A Republican candidate in the mold of McConnell’s 20th century style would have a difficult time winning a Kentucky GOP primary, and McConnell’s appointed pick may start off in such an election with a considerable handicap. In addition, the legacy Senator remains popular in Kentucky, although at least one county party censured him for his betrayal of Trump in January.
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