Bannon: 'We need the Republican establishment on board' to reelect Trump

Bannon: 'We need the Republican establishment on board' to reelect Trump
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Former White House strategist Stephen Bannon said Monday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpCNN's Don Lemon explains handling of segment after Trump criticism NPR reporter after Pompeo clash: Journalists don't interview government officials to score 'political points' Lawyer says Parnas can't attend Senate trial due to ankle bracelet MORE will need the GOP establishment on his side in order to secure reelection in 2020 given that the president has Republican challengers.

In an interview with The Associated Press, Bannon warned that GOP primary challengers such as former Massachusetts Gov. William WeldWilliam (Bill) WeldTrump allies to barnstorm Iowa for caucuses Republican group calls for 'President Pence' amid impeachment trial Weld says Trump wants reporters to 'roam free' in Iran, but not US MORE could pose a threat to Trump should they gain any traction among GOP moderates.

“We need the Republican establishment on board,” Bannon told the AP.

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“If these guys can peel off 3% or 4%, that’s going to be serious,” he said of Weld and other GOP candidates.

Bannon went on to tell the news service that “only Trump can beat Trump.”

The former Breitbart News chief left the White House in 2017 after clashing with then-chief of staff John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE and has since taken to advising far-right nationalist candidates in the U.S. and abroad.

He recently testified at the criminal trial of Roger StoneRoger Jason StoneProsecution witness asks judge not to send Roger Stone to prison Authorities prepared to hand over Roger Stone records to media: report Bannon: 'We need the Republican establishment on board' to reelect Trump MORE, a close Trump associate, telling a jury that Trump viewed Stone as a link to WikiLeaks, the website responsible for publishing stolen emails from Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHill.TV's Krystal Ball: Failure to embrace Sanders as nominee would 'destroy' Democratic Party Clinton says she feels the 'urge' to defeat Trump in 2020 Can Democrats flip the Texas House? Today's result will provide a clue MORE's campaign and the Democratic National Committee.