Seth Meyers Claims Credit for Trump Giving Steve Bannon the Boot
The precise reasoning behind Trump's decision to remove Steve Bannon from the National Security Council remains a mystery, but "Late Night" host Seth Meyers has a compelling theory.
"Apparently Trump has been bothered by the public perception that Bannon is actually the one in charge," he explained. "According to the New York Times, 'the president had quietly expressed annoyance over the credit Mr. Bannon had received for setting the agenda — and Mr. Trump was not pleased by the "President Bannon" puppet-master theme promoted by magazines, late-night talk shows and Twitter.'"
The "President Bannon" meme rose to prominence after it was revealed that Bannon, Trump's chief strategist, had played a key role in crafting Trump's first major immigration ban during his first week in office. Since his appointment was announced last November, Meyers has heavily criticized Bannon's looming influence on national policy. Given the massive egos involved, infighting was probably inevitable.
"Oh my god, Donald, I am so sorry," quipped Meyers. "I never would have called Steve Bannon the president if I knew it hurt your feelings so much."
"And I certainly shouldn't have asked for [a] photo to be mocked up of Bannon sitting at the desk in the Oval Office, while you play with blocks and pretend to build your wall," Meyers added. "So sorry. So sorry!"