Two men forming something of a White House odd couple—Steve Bannon and Reince Priebus—touted President Donald Trump’s commitment to keeping his campaign promises in a joint appearance Thursday before conservative activists.
“They are a corporatist, globalist media that are violently opposed to the economic nationalist agenda of Donald Trump,” @SteveKBannon says
Priebus, the White House chief of staff, and Bannon, assistant to the president and chief strategist, were a star attraction at the Conservative Political Action Conference, the largest gathering of conservatives in the country.
“Every day in the Oval Office, he tells Reince and I: ‘I’ve committed to do this for the American people, I promised this is what I’m going to do and I’m going to fulfill my promise,’” Bannon told the CPAC audience, adding:
We want you to have our back. But more importantly, hold us accountable for achieving what we promised.
The two Trump aides addressed the conference in a question-and-answer format with Matt Schlapp, chairman of the American Conservative Union, which sponsors CPAC.
Bannon and Priebus represent different factions of the conservative movement.
Bannon, former executive at Breitbart News, has become a leading anti-establishment voice; Priebus was chairman of the establishment-leaning Republican National Committee before taking the White House job.
“Donald Trump, President Trump, brought together the party and the conservative movement,” Priebus said of the Republican primary season featuring 16 candidates, adding:
I’ve got to tell you, if the party and the conservative movement are together, they can’t be stopped. He was the one person; I watched 16 people kill each other. It was Donald Trump who was able to bring this party, this movement, together.
The two top White House officials were a warmup for Vice President Mike Pence, who was scheduled to speak later Thursday. On Friday, Trump is scheduled to be the first president since Ronald Reagan to deliver remarks at the annual gathering of conservatives.
Both men referred to the news media as the “opposition party.”
Characteristically, Priebus criticized the media for presenting an inaccurate narrative.
Bannon, by contrast, said: “They are a corporatist, globalist media that are violently opposed to the economic nationalist agenda of Donald Trump.”