Pressure To Push Out Bannon Could Backfire

Republicans are growing increasingly frustrated with White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, with one GOP lawmaker calling for his ouster yesterday.

But GOP members also acknowledged that pressing President Trump to dump Bannon — whose recent comments in an American Prospect interview and ongoing friction with other White House officials have unnerved members of the party — would likely only backfire.

“There are a lot of people in the president’s orbit who would probably like Bannon to resign,” said Republican strategist Ford O’Connell. “At the same time, the president realizes that Bannon is an important factor for his agenda.”

But a number of Republican strategists and congressional aides told the Herald that despite growing irritation at Bannon from within the party, confronting the president comes with its own hazards — primarily facing the ire of Trump and those who voted for him.

“I don’t think voters who voted for him are under any illusion about who they put in office,” O’Connell said. “They don’t always like what he’s done as candidate or in office, but they really like his agenda.”

And GOP lawmakers will work with Trump, despite Bannon, O’Connell said, “because their political lives depend on it.”

Read more from Kimberly Atkins at the Boston Herald

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