Bannon: Hillary Clinton 'in the bullpen waiting' to run for president

Former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon predicted Wednesday that Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham Clinton3 ways government can help clean up Twitter Intelligence Democrat: Stop using 'quid pro quo' to describe Trump allegations The Memo: Bloomberg's 2020 moves draw ire from Democrats MORE was looking for a way to enter the 2020 Democratic Party presidential primary.

In an interview with CNN's Anderson Cooper, Bannon said that Clinton was "waiting" for the call from members of her party before launching a third bid for the presidency. His remarks come despite Clinton's assurance earlier this month that she was not seeking another run for the White House in 2020.

"Secretary Clinton has said that she's not running, but you know, she's in the bullpen waiting for the call," Bannon said.


"I believe, if you go through the gauntlet this summer, you start the Democratic primary, by the fall of next year if there's not a candidate that's kind of breaking out of the pack and looks like they can take on Trump ... because the No. 1 thing for the Democrats is not policy right now ... the No. 1 thing for the Democrats is beating Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpThis week: House kicks off public phase of impeachment inquiry Impeachment week: Trump probe hits crucial point Judd Gregg: The big, big and bigger problem MORE," he continued.

"And they're going to fall in line with whoever they think can beat Donald Trump," Bannon added, before predicting that no Democrat would be successful in unseating the president in next year's elections.

"I don't see anyone in this field right now taking on Donald Trump," he said.

Clinton told a local news station earlier this month that she was not planning to run for president in 2020 while adding that she was not "going anywhere," and would remain a vocal force on the left.

"I want to be sure that people understand I'm going to keep speaking out," Clinton told News 12 Westchester. "I'm not going anywhere. What's at stake in our country, the kinds of things that are happening right now are deeply troubling to me."

"We've gotten not just polarized," she added. "We've gotten into, really, opposing camps unlike anything I've ever seen in my adult life."

Clinton has met with several Democrats in the crowded 2020 field, including Sens. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharDemocrats debate how to defeat Trump: fight or heal Republicans, Democrats brace for first public testimony in impeachment inquiry Klobuchar: A woman with Buttigieg's experience would not be on presidential debate stage MORE (Minn.) and Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisJuan Williams: Honesty, homophobia and Mayor Pete Democrats debate how to defeat Trump: fight or heal Women who inspired 'Hidden Figures' film will be honored with congressional gold medals MORE (Calif.). Her old rival from the 2016 Democratic primary, Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersJuan Williams: Honesty, homophobia and Mayor Pete Democrats on edge as Iowa points to chaotic race Democrats debate how to defeat Trump: fight or heal MORE (I-Vt.), has already announced his own bid for the White House.