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Time cover labels Bannon ‘The Great Manipulator’

Time cover labels Bannon ‘The Great Manipulator’
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Time magazine’s latest edition features President TrumpDonald John TrumpTillerson: Russia already looking to interfere in 2018 midterms Dems pick up deep-red legislative seat in Missouri Speier on Trump's desire for military parade: 'We have a Napoleon in the making' MORE’s senior counselor, Stephen Bannon, on the cover with text that reads "The Great Manipulator."

The headline used for the piece inside the magazine asks, "Is Steve Bannon the Second Most Powerful Man in the World?"

"There is only one President at a time, and Donald Trump is not one to cede authority. But in the early days at 1600 Pennsylvania, the portly and rumpled Bannon (the only male aide who dared to visit Trump’s office without a suit and tie) has the tools to become as influential as any staffer in memory,” Time's David Von Drehle writes in his cover story.

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Bannon, the former chairman of Breitbart News, reportedly assisted in penning Trump's inaugural address and his immigration and refugee executive order. The former Navy officer and Goldman Sachs investment banker has also been given a seat on the National Security Council.

Earlier this week, The New York Times editorial board portrayed Bannon in similar fashion in terms of his influence inside the Trump White House in a op-ed titled, "President Bannon?"

"Imagine tomorrow if Mr. Trump is faced with a crisis involving China in the South China Sea or Russia in Ukraine," the board writes.

"Will he look to his chief political provocateur, Mr. Bannon, with his penchant for blowing things up, or will he turn at last for counsel to the few more thoughtful experienced hands in his administration, like Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and General Dunford?"

The Bannon Time magazine issue hits newsstands on Friday.