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Bannon: Trump Administration The Most Divided

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On Aug. 19, former Chief Strategist Steve Bannon made comments on President Donald Trump's administration.

"No administration in history has been so divided among itself about the direction about where it should go," Bannon said, referring to divisions between the Republican Party and Trump, reports The Washington Post.

To Bannon, the Republican Party is alienating the president's followers by refusing to support the priorities for which Trump campaigned. He specifically referred to the president's plans for taxes, trade, and a U.S.-Mexico border wall.

"If the Republican Party on Capitol Hill gets behind the president on his plans and not theirs, it will all be sweetness and light, be one big happy family," added Bannon, who is now the executive chairman of Breitbart.

However, Bannon doesn't think there will be unity any time soon.

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It's not the first time Bannon has spoken out since he left the White House on Aug. 18.

In an interview with The Weekly Standard, Bannon explains he had been planning on resigning for awhile.

"On August 7th, I talked to [Chief of Staff John] Kelly and to the President, and I told them that my resignation would be effective the following Monday, on the 14th," he said. "I’d always planned on spending one year. General Kelly has brought in a great new system, but I said it would be best. I want to get back to Breitbart."

In the interview, Bannon also argued the Trump presidency people voted for no longer exists.

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"The Trump presidency that we fought for, and won, is over," Bannon said, arguing his departure reflected a loss for the kind of ideology for which he was championing. "We still have a huge movement, and we will make something of this Trump presidency. But that presidency is over. It'll be something else. And there'll be all kinds of fights, and there'll be good days and bad days, but that presidency is over."

While Bannon has left his role as chief strategist, he is not done. He will use his Breitbart role to fight establishment figures he wasn't able to while on the inside.

"I think Steve is going to be more effective on the outside," said Matt Schlapp, chairman of the American Conservative Union and a friend of Bannon. "On the outside, if you are well-funded and you are feared and you have a platform, you are going to be a power player. Steve has all of that in spades."

Sources: The Washington Post, The Weekly Standard / Featured Image: Gage Skidmore/Flickr / Embedded Images: Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia Commons (2)

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