Steve Bannon 'Loves the Fight,' Retains Influence in the White House

Bannon played a key role in developing the Russia response and he's back to pushing trade wars and tax hikes on the rich, according to an Axios report

White House Chief Strategist Steven Bannon arrives in the White House Rose Garden in Washington, D.C., June 1, 2017.
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Steve Bannon's notoriously destructive political priorities are still front and center in President Donald Trump's White House, despite a reported 'fall from grace' back in April.

Bannon was recently spotted in the West Wing carrying a copy of the New York Post, Axios reported Wednesday, with a cover story calling CNN the "MOST BUSTED NAME IN NEWS."

According to the report, Bannon played a key role in developing the Russia response, and he's back to pushing ideas the GOP establishment hates, including a tax hike on the rich and trade wars. Most importantly, he's no longer in hot war with Jared Kushner.

Bannon's signature issues continue to make top priority in the White House, including the never-ending dogfights with the media, NATO and Germany. Reports also link Bannon to Trump's kibosh of the Paris climate deal and his hard line on immigration.

"He's not cocky -- he's comfortable," said a longtime friend, according to Axios. "And he understands the game."

Bannon was removed from the National Security Council in April amidst reports of an alleged feud between Bannon and Kushner. Bannon reportedly called Kushner a "globalist’ and a ‘cuck'," according to The Daily Beast website. "He actually said ‘cuck,’ as in “cuckservative.’”

Steve Bannon's continued lurking shouldn't come as much of a surprise, given Trump's penchant for referring to his base as "my people" and for making decisions based on how it will affect them specifically, reports Axios' Jonathan Swan.

"Trump loves the fight, and Bannon loves the fight," another friend is reported to have said.