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 TrumpProtesters tear down statue of Christopher Columbus in Baltimore 'Independence Day' star Bill Pullman urges Americans to wear a 'freedom mask' in July 4 PSA Protesters burn American flag outside White House after Trump's July Fourth address 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) WeldVermont governor, running for reelection, won't campaign or raise money The Hill's Campaign Report: Amash moves toward Libertarian presidential bid Libertarians view Amash as potential 2020 game changer for party 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 StoneSunday shows preview: Lawmakers to address alarming spike in coronavirus cases Judge gives Stone an extra 14 days to report to prison DOJ denies giving Stone special treatment over prison sentence delay 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 ClintonDemocrats try to turn now into November The Memo: Unhappy voters could deliver political shocks beyond Trump On The Trail: Trump, coronavirus fuel unprecedented voter enthusiasm MORE's campaign and the Democratic National Committee.