Well, you can count Republican U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen among those who is ready to see Steve Bannon take a permanent vacation from his role in the Trump administration.
Earlier today, we noted that according to at least one report, Bannon’s ongoing (and increasingly ugly) feud with Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner may be about to cost the former Breitbart executive chair his job.
This appears to be part and parcel of a broad rethink of the administration’s agenda orchestrated by Kushner and Trump’s daughter Ivanka.
As we wrote, this seems entirely consistent and very unlikely to be coincidental given that over the past 72 hours alone we’ve seen Kushner assuming a more prominent role, a reversal of course with regard to Syria, Assad, and Russia, and Devin Nunes recusing himself from the House investigation into Trump-Russia ties all within 72 hours.
Well, now Politico is reporting that Ros-Lehtinen thinks Bannon’s ouster would be “welcome news for the nation.” Here’s more…
“I think his days are numbered in that administration. And I think profound changes will be coming,” she said, predicting “a shakeup in the White House in the coming months.”
Ros-Lehtinen didn’t specify what her specific disagreements with Bannon were, but the pro-immigration reform congresswoman has clashed with the Trump administration over its deportation and refugee policies as well as its position on transgender restrooms.
Ros-Lehtinen sits in a Miami congressional district that President Trump lost. Her son, Rodrigo Lehtinen, is transgender.
Bannon, accused by many critics for injecting a strain of isolationism and white nationalism into Trump’s campaign and administration, didn’t return a message for comment.
“His views are not in line with our country,” Ros-Lehtinen, a foreign policy hawk and member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee said of Bannon. “We are an inclusive country that welcomes different points of views. His ties to certain groups are very worrisome.”
That is all.