Donald Trump has totally reversed his opinion on Steve Bannon, seemingly entirely as a result of flattery.
Bannon, the former White House chief strategist, appeared on CNBC this week to talk up the President’s chances of winning in 2020 while criticising the current crop of Democratic candidates. Trump shared the video with a tweet stating:
Nice to see that one of my best pupils is still a giant Trump fan. Steve joined me after I won the primaries, but I loved working with him!
As recently as last year, it emerged that Bannon was a key source for Michael Wolff’s, Fire and Fury, a book that lifted the lid on the utter chaos of the Trump administration.
Bannon was quoted as referring to Ivanka Trump as “dumb as a brick”. Trump’s response at the time?
Michael Wolff is a total loser who made up stories in order to sell this really boring and untruthful book. He used Sloppy Steve Bannon, who cried when he got fired and begged for his job. Now Sloppy Steve has been dumped like a dog by almost everyone. Too bad!
It wouldn't be the last time that Trump would call his former adviser and the founder of Breitbart 'sloppy.'
Trump also told reporters at the time, in reference to Bannon, “When he was fired, he not only lost his job, he lost his mind.”
It seems flattery will get you everywhere and Bannon is now firmly back in Trump’s good books but Twitter users with long term memories were more than happy to remind the president of what he had called Bannon in the not so distant past.
@realDonaldTrump One of your best pupils? 😅😂🤣🤮
Since you call him "Sloppy Steve," I'd hate to see what you call your worst pupil!