Former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon appears to be ready for the war he promised after several articles critical of President Donald Trump were published on his news site, Breitbart.
The alt-right news site published articles that accused Trump of a "flip-flop" on his Afghanistan policy following his primetime speech on Aug. 21, the Daily Mail reported. The articles come as a surprise considering Breitbart has consistently defended Trump's presidency.
But now that Bannon has been removed from his position at the White House, it appears that the site is ready to be more critical of the president.
"TRUMP REVERSES COURSE, WILL SEND MORE TROOPS TO AFGHANISTAN," the headline of one Breitbart article read. "Defends flip-flop in somber speech," read the sub headline.
Another story bore the headline, "Donald Trump echoes Obama 'blank check' rhetoric in Afghanistan speech," while another read: "America First? With Steve Bannon out, globalists push for more war abroad."
Another article quoted private mercenary Army Blackwater founder Erik Prince.
"Erik Prince: Trump will 'roll over and accept' same failed strategy on Afghanistan," the headline read. That article was published before Trump's primetime speech.
Some speculate that Bannon is setting his sights on "globalists" and hawks who could deter Trump from pursuing the nationalistic and populist agenda that earned him the loyalty of alt-right news site in the first place.
During his speech on Aug. 21, Trump admitted that he has changed his position on Afghanistan.
“My original instinct was to pull out, and historically I like to follow my instincts,” Trump told the crowd at the Fort Myer military base in Arlington, Virginia. “I heard that decisions are much different when you sit behind the desk of the Oval Office.”
Putting emphasis on anti-terrorism goals, Trump warned about the dangers of a hasty withdrawal. He said U.S. soldiers were needed to prevent the Taliban from taking over the region and making it a breeding grounds for terrorist groups.
“Our troops will fight to win,” Trump said, according to The Washington Post. “From now on, victory will have a clear definition: attacking our enemies, obliterating ISIS, crushing al-Qaeda, preventing the Taliban from taking over the country, and stopping mass terror attacks against Americans before they emerge.”
"This is not about nation-building again. We are killing terrorists," the president said.
Trump took to Twitter the following day to reassure the country of its military strength.
"Was with great people last night in Fort Myer, Virginia," the president tweeted. "The future of our country is strong!"