First it was reported that Reince Priebus was returning early from the foreign family trip. Now, it seems that Steve Bannon has been sent packing too. Jim Acosta, CNN Senior White House Correspondent, tweeted this late last night:
Steve Bannon left the POTUS foreign trip last night so he could be back at WH Monday morning, we are told.
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) May 22, 2017
The Daily Mail is reporting that the official White House story is that Priebus returned “to shepherd the president’s budget.” If Priebus was going to deal with the planned budget announcement, why wouldn’t he have just stayed in Washington? That’s a lot of jet lag to deal with just to feel like you are part of the family trip. There is no official word yet why Bannon has returned.
Since we have no reason to believe the official White House story based on their track record, we can speculate that pair has come back to deal with something important. Maybe the drip, drip, drip of Trump-Russia, or something else that has not been made public yet. Or maybe Trump is just tired of them being around, though neither appears to have been fired yet.
In Bannon’s case, perhaps the trip was making him feel a tad uncomfortable. Mingling with peoples of the Middle East isn’t likely in his comfort zone. Indeed, this video seems to confirm that:
steve bannon looks so uncomfortable here and it rules pic.twitter.com/GlPQJPUTts
— Ashley Feinberg (@ashleyfeinberg) May 21, 2017
In any case, something is going on back on the home front that needs the attention of the chief of staff and top aide. Can’t wait to hear what it is.