Trump's firing of Comey biggest mistake in "modern political history" - Bannon

Trump's firing of Comey biggest mistake in

Bannon also used the "60 Minutes" interview to criticize the Roman Catholic church, after church leaders denounced Trump's decision to end DACA.

"So the firing of James Comey was the biggest mistake in modern political history?".

President Donald Trump's former chief strategist Stephen Bannon was unsparing in his criticism during his first extended interview since leaving the White House: He called out top Republicans, West Wing staff, the "pearl-clutching mainstream media", special counsel investigators and the Roman Catholic Church. CBS correspondent Charlie Rose asked Bannon in the online clip.

Joshua Green's book "Devil's Bargain", about Bannon's role in Trump's surprise victory, noted that Bannon warned the President about backlash to come from Comey's firing. "He says, 'I can't - I can't hire any smart people, ' because everybody's all over him for reporting requirements and - and the pay, et cetera, and the scrutiny. This country's gonna be greater, more united, more powerful than it's ever been", Bannon said.

"Drain the swamp" - one of Trump's most iconic campaign promises - will take more time to orchestrate than the president may have realized, Bannon said. But he also said the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which he called "an institution", is different. So [Trump] looks around and I'm wearing my combat jacket, I haven't shaved, my hair's down to here, and he is thinking, 'Hey, I've got to put together a government.

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According to Bannon, that was shortly after the Access Hollywood audio tape surfaced, on which Trump was heard making crude remarks about women in a conversation with Billy Bush.

Of course, the Clinton bashing is nothing new. "And that is the question that will be answered in 2020".

For one thing, during Bannon's time in the White House the two senior advisers were reputed to be at odds, duking it out for influence over the president and "anonymously" leaking information meant to undermine each other to reporters. "It has been shown in the days that followed that the president was right in firing director Comey". But with his refusal to say anything about Kushner's involvement it definitely feels like there's something up his sleeve. He quickly reassured that the President was quite aware that the Russians are "not good guys" but also said that the President's lack of comment on them is arising from his hesitation to spark off disagreements with them.

There is no love lost between the CEO of Breitbart and the establishment Republicans - like Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan, both of whom have been viciously attacked by the far-right media mogul.

Bannon is now in China, where he will deliver a keynote address Tuesday on the subject of "American economic nationalism, the populist revolt and Asia" at an event organized by Hong Kong brokerage firm CLSA.