Trump May Be Reining In Power of Steve Bannon

'I call my own shots ... and everyone knows it'
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 6, 2017 10:45 AM CST
Trump Makes Clear: 'I Call My Own Shots'
White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus listens at right as President Trump speaks to reporters on Air Force One.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

President Trump delivered a bristling tweet Monday morning seemingly to make clear that he wields the only real power in the White House: "I call my own shots, largely based on an accumulation of data, and everyone knows it. Some FAKE NEWS media, in order to marginalize, lies!" He doesn't elaborate, but Politico notes that it follows a Saturday Night Live sketch in which Steve Bannon (seen as the grim reaper) is depicted as the person truly running the show. The New York Times, meanwhile, has a lengthy article on life in the White House that strikes a similar chord: It says that Trump was angry because he signed an executive order giving Bannon a seat on the National Security Council without being "fully briefed on the details."

To remedy problems like that—and an increasingly loud backlash against other initiatives, including the travel ban—Trump is moving to check the powers held by Bannon and another top aide, Stephen Miller, according to the story. One change is that chief of staff Reince Preibus has made a "10-point checklist" for the rollout of new directives to make sure that the president, the communications office, and others are looped in earlier in the process. The Times story has much more, with details on Trump's evening routine, which involves him heading upstairs about 6:30. "When Mr. Trump is not watching television in his bathrobe or on his phone reaching out to old campaign hands and advisers, he will sometimes set off to explore the unfamiliar surroundings of his new home." (More President Trump stories.)

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