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 CruzLawmakers spar over surveillance flight treaty with Russia Senators voice support for Iran protesters but stop short of taking action Prisons chief: FBI investigating whether 'criminal enterprise' played role in Epstein death 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 StrangeState 'certificate of need' laws need to go GOP frets over nightmare scenario for Senate primaries Roy Moore trails Republican field in Alabama MORE, who was backed by Trump at the urging of Republican congressional leadership.