Steve Bannon seems to be prepping his Breitbart machine up for what appears to be a heavy attack on President Donald Trump. Just after finishing his Afghanistan policy speech this week, Breitbart got very aggressive and critical with President Trump’s approach of the address as well as the policy laid out by the POTUS with the headline stating that the President essentially “flip-flopped” on the issue.
Despite initial appearances to the contrary and President Trump boosting positive vibes for Bannon and Breitbart, it’s becoming more and more clear that Bannon is not holding any punches.
Articles likened him to his predecessor, President Barack Obama — a known sore spot for Trump.
Monday’s address in front of service members at Fort Myer in Arlington, Virginia, was a first, big test of what Breitbart will do now that Bannon, the former White House chief strategist, has returned to run the site he left to join Trump’s White House bid.
The new, re-Bannoned Breitbart didn’t seem to hold back at all.
“Trump’s ‘America First’ Base Unhappy with Flip-Flop Afghanistan Speech,” blared one headline.
The lead of the main story contained a series of subtle digs: “President Trump unveiled his plan for Afghanistan after seven months of deliberation Monday evening, announcing tweaks around the edges of the current strategy instead of a different approach,” read the lead sentence of Breitbart’s wrap on the speech.
And other articles seemed tuned to frustrate Trump and tweak rivals of Bannon.
One piece was headlined “His McMaster’s voice: Is Trump’s Afghanistan policy different from Obama?” It amounted to a twofer: Ripping national security adviser H.R. McMaster — a former Bannon rival — and likening Trump’s decisions to those of Obama.
Another article drilled down on similarities between the two presidents’ approaches in Afghanistan, contending that Trump “specifically echoed his predecessor’s 2009 speech, after acknowledging that the war had gone on too long.”