Charles Krauthammer said that Trump ordering a strike on Syria constituted a kind of rejection of the “America first” philosophy of Steve Bannon, and he also waded into the White House’s inner workings:
I think that’s absolutely right. I think the strike on Syria was a total contradiction to Bannonism, particularly as expressed in the inaugural address in which the theme was that the world has pushed us around, the world has been living off our generosity and our goodness, and we’re not going to take it anymore. We’re not going to be the policeman of the world – America first. This is if anything a total contradiction of that. This is acting in the name of a humanitarian objective unrelated to our national interest and enforcing an international norm, which is by definition what a policeman of the world would do. So in that sense, Bannonism is in decline.
I’m sort of intrigued by Leslie’s photographic interpretation of his stature. It reminds me of the Kremlinology where they used to interpret who was up and who was down in the Soviet hierarchy by where you stood in relation to the strongmen in Russia at the May Day parade. Look, it’s clear there are clashes between the two, Kushner and Bannon. There’s nothing new in that. What is new is the fact that it is leaked so openly, so gushingly in the press. There have always been these clashes, but we didn’t know about them until the memoirs were written. Well, the memoirs are being written today on the pages of the newspaper.