Steve Bannon, former chief strategist of President Donald Trump arrives for the Presidential Inauguration of Trump at the US Capitol in Washington, D.C., U.S., January 20, 2017. REUTERS/Saul Loeb/Pool/File Photo
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The fire and fury over Michael Wolff's book has largely centered on the personalities and power struggles within the White House. But behind all of that lies an important political development, one that explains the real rift between Donald Trump and his former chief strategist, Steve Bannon. President Donald Trump seems to have abandoned populism.More so than the personality clashes between Bannon and Jared Kushner, and the gossip about who is up and down in the White House, this is the great divide that developed in the early months of the Trump administration. Bannon must have watched with incredulity as the candidate who campaigned as a fiery outsider against the Republican establishment essentially handed over the reins of his government to House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Moments after Trump blasted Bannon last week, McConnell's political team tweeted out a GIF of the majority leader beaming.One wonders what will happen to it as time passes and Trump's voters notice that they have ended up with something quite different than they had imagined.
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