LIMBAUGH: There’s No Question, “Bannon Threw Trump’s North Korea Policy Under The Bus”

RUSH: The Steve Bannon interview… I’ve been getting emails all day from people who want my take on this, so I’m gonna go ahead and get into this now. I got to tell you again up front, I don’t know the guy. I haven’t even…

He’s been in a room twice when I have been with the president, but I’ve never been formally introduced even, and I’ve never spoken directly to him. So none of this is, to me, based on any personal knowledge I have of Bannon or the arrangement that Trump and Bannon have. All I can do is speculate hire, which I’ll be happy to do. Now, the reason that Washington’s in a tizzy today is because Bannon called Robert Kuttner at The American Prospect for an exclusive interview. This would be like Reagan calling Pravda.

Unreal, of all the people Bannon could call, he calls Kuttner at The American Prospect. He calls somebody that hates Trump as much as anybody hates Trump, and it was not off the record. He wanted it known. Whatever was in this interview, Bannon wants out there, and it’s out there. I watched Karl Rove react to it today and he was beside himself. He just could not believe any of this. He couldn’t believe any aspect of it, thought it was the craziest, strangest, oddest, dumbest thing he’s ever seen from any administration.

I’m not gonna share with you the whole thing. I’ve pared this down to its bare essence. “Bannon was in high spirits when he phoned me Tuesday afternoon…” This is Kuttner. This is the leftist anti-Trumpster. “Bannon was in high spirits when he phoned me Tuesday afternoon to discuss the politics of taking a harder line with China, and minced no words describing his efforts to neutralize his rivals at the Departments of Defense, State, and Treasury. …

“‘We’re at economic war with China,’ [Bannon] added. ‘It’s in all their literature. They’re not shy about saying what they’re doing. One of us is going to be a hegemon in 25 or 30 years and it’s gonna be them if we go down this path. On Korea, they’re just tapping us along. It’s just a sideshow.’” Hegemon, dominant… Hegemon means the big winner in this context. So Bannon is saying everything going on out there that you see with Korea, it’s a sideshow. It’s not really what’s important. What’s important is our economic war with China, and if we’re not careful we’re gonna lose it.

This is a slap at Trump, and it’s being seen as a slap at Trump because of additional comments that Bannon made on North Korea. Now, Kuttner wrote the following: “Bannon said he might consider a deal in which China got North Korea to freeze its nuclear buildup with verifiable inspections and the United States removed its troops from the peninsula,” south of the DMZ, “but such a deal seemed remote. Given that China is not likely to do much more on North Korea, and that the logic of mutually assured destruction was its own source of restraint, Bannon saw no reason not to proceed with tough trade sanctions against China.”

What struck me about this is the way Kuttner wrote this. “Bannon said he might consider…” He’s not talking about Trump. He’s talking about himself. “Bannon said he might consider a deal in which China got North Korea to freeze its nuclear buildup,” and then he went further on North Korea. You know, Trump has been out there promising fire and fury, and Trump has been really launching at Kim Jong-un, and he’s been making it clear that if Kim Jong-un launches at Guam or does anything, that there’s gonna be hellfire to pay — and Bannon undercut all of that in this interview.

“Contrary to Trump’s threat of fire and fury, Bannon said: ‘There’s no military solution (to North Korea’s nuclear threats), forget it. Until somebody solves the part of the equation that shows me that ten million people in Seoul don’t die in the first 30 minutes from conventional weapons, I don’t know what you’re talking about, there’s no military solution here, they got us.’” Okay. So, once again, Bannon portrays himself as the architect of thinking and policy on Korea, not Trump, just as Bannon said he might consider a deal in which China got…

So Bannon is conveying here that he is the decision-maker and strategist on these foreign policy subjects or questions and that Trump is just along for the ride. I think there’s a reason for this. I’ll tell you what it is in a minute here. But this is a… Folks, there’s no question, Bannon here in this interview just threw Trump’s North Korea policy under the bus. Because what Trump has been talking, in terms of tough talk with Kim Jong-un is, in fact, a military response by us.

If Kim Jong-un starts something, if he launches and hits Guam or any other American target, Trump has made it clear that it might be the last thing Kim Jong-un ever does. Bannon just threw that under the bus. Nah, nah, nah. He said, “There’s no military solution, forget it.” (paraphrased) “I don’t know what you’re talking about. No military solution at all here. They got us on that.” Meaning: We’re paralyzed; we can’t stop the North Koreans.

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