By Steve BannonThe Washington PostThe Post on Tuesday published an op-ed in The Washington Post by President Donald Trump’s chief strategist, Steve Bannon, that appeared to be a thinly veiled attack on the work of his former chief of staff, Reince Priebus.
The piece was written in the context of the president’s ongoing feud with his former political ally and chief strategist Steve Bannon.
It was published as a piece of the administration’s response to the protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, that resulted in the death of a counterprotester and injuries to many more.
It was not the first time Bannon has expressed anger at Priebus, the former chief strategist who resigned in disgrace last month amid an internal dispute over his role in the White House, and a White House that Trump himself said was rife with conflicts of interest.
But the tone of the piece was noticeably more combative than anything the president has said about Priebus.
It said the president was “a part of a team” and that “some of our people aren’t happy.”
The piece’s title, which refers to Bannon, is an apparent reference to the president saying Priebus was “not a part” of the decision-making process.
“I’m not a part,” Priebus said.
“I didn’t even have a role in it.
I just kind of went to my desk and did my work, and I’m a president of the United States.
I’m going to run this country, and my job is to do the job, not my boss.”
But in the piece, the president is referring to the political strategist, who he said had “never had the guts to quit.”
“I thought Reince was a smart, tough guy,” the president said, referring to Priebus, who left the White Trump administration after Trump won the election.
“But I thought Reich was a good guy.
But he didn’t have the guts.
I thought he had it in him to do it.
He was so smart, but he was just so stubborn.”
The White House has denied that Priebus was sidelined in any way by Trump.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said the White and Trump administrations had worked closely to get Bannon and Priebus back on the same page, adding that they have also reached out to Priebus’s allies.
“It is a fact that Steve Bannon has been a key player in the process of getting Reince back into the administration,” Sanders said in a statement.
“And he and Reince have worked closely together on issues of mutual interest to help make the transition process as smooth as possible.
Steve and Reith will remain close allies and will continue to work together in the months ahead to move the country forward and make our country great again.”
The Post did not immediately respond to a request for comment from CNN.
In a separate piece published Monday, The Post also published a scathing critique of Priebus, accusing him of trying to steer the Trump administration toward “fascism.”
The editorial, which was written by two former White House staffers, argued that Priebus and the White Senate were “the last vestige of a pre-Trump Republican Party,” which had “lost touch with the realities of a populist and nationalist movement.”
The two former staffers said Priebus had “caved to the demands of a white nationalist” in his quest to get Trump elected.
The editorial called on Priebus to resign and called for him to be fired.
It also said that the WhiteHouse has a “long history of working with Trump’s white nationalist allies,” including the president himself.
“If Priebus continues to follow his own advisers, he will be remembered as the last vestiges of a Trump Republican Party that has lost touch with reality,” the editorial said.
The former staffers argued that the president had a “deeply troubling and troubling relationship” with Bannon.
“Reince Priebus is a man who had a great deal of support in the Trump White House,” the former staffers wrote.
“He has shown himself to be an ally to the President.
Reince has given Trump a platform and encouraged him to speak out against white nationalism, and he has pushed him on issues where they disagreed.”
Bannon has often criticized Priebus for being too close to the White house, which he said contributed to the decision to fire Priebus.
Bannon is expected to speak to Trump next week, with his advisers reportedly hoping to get the president to reconsider firing him.