Trump encouraged Bannon after interview declaring war on GOP: report
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President Trump reportedly reached out to Stephen Bannon to offer encouragement after the former White House chief strategist called for Republicans who don't support Trump's agenda to be ousted.

Trump called to offer the encouragement after Bannon appeared on Fox News earlier this week saying he is seeking to line up challengers to GOP incumbents, The Wall Street Journal reported, citing two people familiar with the call. 

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White House adviser Jared Kushner also reportedly texted Bannon his praise after the interview. Bannon then celebrated the interview with friends across the street from the Fox studio. 

"There's a coalition coming together that is going to challenge every Republican incumbent except for Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzRepublicans who backed Trump impeachment see fundraising boost US has seen 45 mass shootings in the past month The Hill's 12:30 Report: Nearly half of U.S. adults partially or fully vaccinated MORE," Bannon said during the Monday night interview on "Hannity." 

Bannon, an executive of the right-wing Breitbart News, secured an early victory after throwing his support behind former judge Roy Moore in the Alabama Senate GOP runoff last month.

Moore defeated the establishment-backed candidate Sen. Luther StrangeLuther Johnson StrangeThe Hill's Morning Report - Biden assails 'epidemic' of gun violence amid SC, Texas shootings Trump faces test of power with early endorsements Alabama zeroes in on Richard Shelby's future MORE, who was backed by Trump at the urging of Republican congressional leadership.