Ex-Cruz aide: Now Bannon is establishment voice in Trump White House

Ex-Cruz aide: Now Bannon is establishment voice in Trump White House
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Stephen Bannon, the former Breitbart executive who is now a strategist to President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump renews attacks against Tester over VA nominee on eve of Montana rally Trump submits 2017 federal income tax returns Corker: Trump administration 'clamped down' on Saudi intel, canceled briefing MORE, may now be the establishment voice in the White House, says former Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzProtesters confront Cruz at airport over Kavanaugh vote O'Rourke targets Cruz with several attack ads a day after debate Election Countdown: O'Rourke goes on the attack | Takeaways from fiery second Texas Senate debate | Heitkamp apologizes for ad misidentifying abuse victims | Trump Jr. to rally for Manchin challenger | Rick Scott leaves trail to deal with hurricane damage MORE (R-Texas) communications director Rick Tyler.

Tyler offered a different take on Anthony Scaramucci's limited tenure as White House communications director, stating that if the objective in bringing him in was to rid Trump of his first chief of staff and press secretary — Reince Priebus and Sean Spicer, both veterans of the Republican National Committee — that goal was achieved. 

“If his job was to push out Priebus and Spicer, mission accomplished. That leaves Steve Bannon to represent the establishment,” Tyler told "Morning Joe" co-host Mika Brzezinski. 

Scaramucci, 53, resigned Monday after just 10 days on the job. 

Huffington Post senior politics editor Sam Stein warned that Preibus and Spicer could hurt the White House by leaking negative stories now that they have been pushed out.

“When you unceremoniously fire or get rid of your chief of staff, in this case, Reince Priebus, and your press secretary, there is the possibility that they might come around and bite you,” said Stein, who is regular on the MSNBC morning program. 

“I’m not saying they're responsible for The Washington Post story, but you have to wonder if people are disaffected with your administration, who work in the administration, what kind of stuff they can tell the press,” he continued. “I’m sure that’s going on in the minds of Trump people today.”

Spicer resigned on July 19 but is actually still working at the White House through August.

Stein is referring to a Monday evening Washington Post story that President Trump reportedly dictated a misleading statement on July 8 about his eldest son's meeting with a Russian lawyer in June 2016 that was ultimately issued to The New York Times by Donald Trump Jr.

The statement about a meeting Trump Jr. had with a Russian lawyer during the 2016 campaign emphasized that it was “not a campaign issue at the time.” Instead, it said the topic had been primarily Russian adoption policy.

The president’s attorney would not comment on the details regarding Trump’s involvement with his son's statement on Monday night. 

“Apart from being of no consequence, the characterizations are misinformed, inaccurate, and not pertinent,” attorney Jay Sekulow said in his statement to the Post.