For months, illegal leaks of classified information have thrown the Trump administration off stride.
Now, they are finally starting to fight back against.
And the plan Trump came up with is the Deep State’s worst nightmare.
The Trump administration is creating a war room to battle Deep State leakers and their allies in the anti-Trump press.
Chief strategist Steve Bannon is leading this effort.
“The escalating crisis surrounding the Russia investigation (with reports last night on FBI interest in Jared Kushner) looks like good news for somebody in the White House: Steve Bannon.
Nine sources in the West Wing and within Trump’s close orbit said the Russia situation is Bannon’s shot at redemption. He’s being described as a “wartime consigliere” relishing a fight against the “deep state,” media, Democrats and investigators.
Why it matters: Bannon had been on very rocky footing recently (to the extent that the President has vented to a number of people about him), but the bolstering of the White House team to respond to the outside crises is a joint effort led by Kushner, Bannon and Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, two sources said. The senior staff that had been out for each other is now united by a common enemy.
“It is now very clear that there is a unified opponent and that’s ultimately the swamp, both with regard to the deep state leakers, to the partisan opponents and the people who just don’t want to give up their power. That includes the media,” said one source close to the process. “Obviously you want it [unity] under different circumstances but it’s really united this team and helped bring clarity to their focus.”
Bannon took over as campaign CEO in August when Trump was at a low ebb in the polls.
He helped manage the effort to defeat the media’s attempt to bury Trump with the Access Hollywood tape by focusing the campaign’s message on the sexual misconduct of Bill Clinton.
In his previous job as CEO of Breitbart News, Bannon led the nationalist website in a successful battle against the GOP establishment and so-called “mainstream” media.
The Trump administration has been faulted for an unfocused communications strategy in response to the Russia story.
Trump has insisted it’s a hoax and fake news.
But despite the lack of evidence – no evidence has been produced that proves collusion, and no one has been accused of a crime or any wrong doing – the media has played up this story as a massive scandal.
Now the Trump administration is kicking their response into high gear.
This will please conservatives who see the story for what it is – a manufactured scandal that the media is employing to undo the election results from November.
Trump’s real crime in the eyes of the press was winning the election.
So they are trying to take him down.
Putting a street fighter like Bannon in charge of the Russia response will ensure a forceful response.
The Trump White House will no longer sit around and absorb incoming fire from their political enemies.
They are ready to unleash some of their own.