White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon is having a bad week. Three of his loyalists on the National Security Council have been abruptly fired, and there’s scattered buzz that he could be the next go. Bannon has seemingly been trying to lay low in the hope of surviving Donald Trump’s ongoing White House purge. But he just got a bit of humiliating public exposure that couldn’t come at worse time for him.
Dinesh D’Souza visited Steve Bannon’s office in order to present Bannon and Sebastian Gorka with copies of his new alt-right book. Someone took photos of D’Souza posing with both Bannon and Gorka, which D’Souza then posted to Twitter. The trouble: they were standing in front of the whiteboard in Bannon’s office where he had sprawled out a series of strategic plans which were presumably not meant for public consumption.
Not surprisingly, D’Souza has since deleted the tweets. But investigative political reporter Christina Wilkie managed to capture screen shots, which she then posted to her own Twitter account (link):
images: @christinawilkie | Twitter
Best we can make out in the images, “EO” refers to executive orders. The first line says “Withdraw from TPP” which has since been checked off, as Trump has already killed the TPP. There are also references to NAFTA. The next to last line appears to be in reference to the Office of Trade and Manufacturing Policy. Some of the words on the board are too blurry to be made out. But the decision by D’Souza to delete his own photos suggests that someone involved quickly realized the whiteboard wasn’t meant to be seen by the public. So the words on the board likely give away at least some secrets about Trump’s upcoming agenda. In other words, Steve Bannon’s bad week just managed to get even worse for him.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report