Bannon: Christie lost cabinet spot after ‘Access Hollywood’ tape release

Former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon says New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (R) wasn't considered for a Cabinet position in President Trump's administration because he failed to offer support after the release of the infamous 2005 "Access Hollywood" tape.

"Christie, because of Billy Bush weekend, was not looked at for a Cabinet position," Bannon said in an interview on CBS's "60 Minutes," an excerpt of which was aired Thursday.

Host Charlie Rose responded: "He wasn't there for you on Billy Bush weekend, therefore he doesn't get a Cabinet position."

Bannon continued, "I told him the plane leaves at 11 o' clock in the morning. If you make the plane, you make the team. He didn't make the plane."


Bannon and Rose were referring to the tape, obtained by The Washington Post in early October, in which Trump is heard talking his unsuccessful efforts to have sex with an unnamed woman.

“I did try and f--- her. She was married,” Trump says in the audio.
The future president is also heard bragging about making unwanted advances on women because of his fame. 
"I don't even wait. And when you're a star, they let you do it. You can do anything. Grab 'em by the pussy. You can do anything," Trump says.
The interview was taped to promote Trump's cameo on the soap opera "Days of Our Lives." 
Trump received widespread backlash after the tape was released, with many Democrats and Republicans alike condemning Trump's speech and some rescinding their support of the candidate in the election.
Christie, at the time, said he would not support Trump's comments.