Bannon says Mitch McConnell urged Trump to stop promising to ‘drain the swamp’ as he claims entrenched Republicans in Washington are trying to ‘nullify’ last year’s election

Friday, September 8, 2017
By Paul Martin

Former chief White House strategist Steve Bannon sat for an interview with Charlie Rose on CBS ’60 Minutes’
He said the GOP establishment was ‘trying to nullify the 2016 election’
He named Senate GOP leader McConnell and ‘to a degree’ Speaker Paul Ryan
He said they don’t want Trump’s ‘economic nationalist agenda’ implemented
‘It’s obvious as night follows day’
Trump has been feuding with McConnell, and this week cut a deal with Democrats
Bannon says McConnell told him to cut out ‘drain the swamp’ talk

By Geoff Earle, Deputy U.s. Political Editor
8 September 2017

Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon says establishment Republicans want to ‘nullify’ the 2016 election and that Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell asked Trump’s team to cut out talk of draining ‘the swamp’ in Washington.

Bannon made the claims in an interview with CBS ‘ 60 Minutes’ where he also said he was going to war against the current Senate GOP leaders from his new position outside the White House.

‘The Republican establishment is trying to nullify the 2016 election. That’s a brutal fact we have to face,’ he said.

Asked for an example, Bannon recalled one of McConnell’s first meetings with Trump and his team in Trump Tower.

‘Oh, Mitch McConnell when we first met him, I mean, he was … he said, I think in one of the first meetings in Trump Tower with the president, as we’re wrapping up, he basically says, “I don’t wanna hear any more of this ‘drain the swamp’ talk,” Bannon said, in a telling that includes a few qualifiers.

‘He – flat out. He goes, “A guy up on Capitol Hill can’t buy a Coke unless it’s gotta be reported.”

McConnell continued, in Bannon’s telling: ‘He says, “I can’t hire any smart people,” because everybody’s all over him for reporting requirements and the pay, et cetera, and the scrutiny. You know, “You gotta back off that.” The “Drain the Swamp” thing was – is Mitch McConnell was day one did not wanna – did not wanna go there. Wanted us to back off.’

Interviewer Charlie Rose told bannon he was attacking people needed to get things done.

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