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Spicer: Trump wanted to clear up ‘blurred’ line between him and Bannon

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White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Wednesday President Trump wanted to “make it very clear” that his own long-held views helped him get elected president when he seemed to downplay chief strategist Stephen Bannon’s role. 

“[Trump] wants to make sure he’s very clear that he won this election because of the policies that he’s been laying out for decades and the commitment that he’s had to the American worker to growing our economy and keeping our country safe,” Spicer told host Dana Perino on Fox News’ “The O’Reilly Factor.”

Spicer said the president “values Steve’s commitment” to executing the administration’s agenda, but said the line had been “blurred” regarding where the credit would go.

{mosads}“And I think the line has been blurred up a little bit. He wanted to make it very clear. At the same time, express confidence in the team that’s here and the talent that he has assembled,” Spicer added.

Trump told New York Post columnist Michael Goodwin Tuesday that he beat his other primary challengers before Bannon came along. 

The president fueled reports that Bannon is on rocky footing within the White House and of bad blood between top Trump aides.

“I like Steve, but you have to remember he was not involved in my campaign until very late,” Trump told Goodwin. “I had already beaten all the senators and all the governors, and I didn’t know Steve. I’m my own strategist, and it wasn’t like I was going to change strategies because I was facing crooked Hillary.”

 

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