Video: Trump says what he really thinks about Bannon, his plans for 2018 midterms

President Donald J. Trump with Senate Majority Leader A. Mitchell McConnell (R.-Ky.) (Screen capture from WhiteHouse.gov)

President Donald J. Trump told reporters at a Monday afternoon White House press conference he likes and respects his former chief strategist Stephen K. Bannon, who has launched an all-out war on the Republican establishment.

The remarks came after a question from One America News Network Chief White House correspondent Trey Vingst: Do you support the plan by people previously served in your administration, such as Steve Bannon, to primary Republican candidates in the 2018 elections–who do not support your agenda?

Watch this video of President Donald J. Trump talking about Stephen K. Bannon:

Trump who was standing with Senate Majority Leader A. Mitchell McConnell (R.-Ky.), one of the men Bannon has named as the reason why the president’s agenda has stalled on Capitol Hill.

“I have a very good relationship, as you know, with Steve Bannon, he’s been a friend of mine for a very long time,” the president said. “I like Steve a lot.”

Without mentioning them by name, the president spoke up for the incumbent GOP senators against whom Bannon is organizing primary opponents.

“Steve is doing what Steve thinks is the right thing,” he said. “Some of the people he is looking at–I am going to see if we can talk him out that–because frankly, they are great people.”

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Neil W. McCabe is a Washington-based political journalist and editor. Before joining Big League Politics, he was the Capitol Hill correspondent for Breitbart News, where he also led Breitbart’s political polling operation and wrote up the Breitbart-Gravis polls. McCabe’s other positions include the One America News DC Bureau Chief, a senior reporter at Human Events and a staff reporter at The Pilot, Boston’s Catholic paper. McCabe also was the editor of The Somerville News, The (North Cambridge, Mass.) Alewife and served as an Army combat historian in Iraq. His 2013 e-book The Unfriendly Skies examined how the American airline industry went from deregulation in the late 1970s to come full circle to the highly-regulated, highly-taxed industry it is today.