After removing him from the national security council the president has publicly distanced himself from Steve Bannon, signaling the latter’s fall from grace, writes Andrew Prokop of Vox. He reports that Trump has played down Bannon’s role in the White House, exposed his feud with Jared Kushner and shared that Bannon is on thin ice. Bannon's provocative policies, including the travel ban, which was blocked in court and spelled a huge defeat for Trump, have hurt the president's popularity, speculates Prokop. He believes that Trump understands this and is limiting Bannon's influence, inferring that he will soon be on his way out.
Steve Bannon was an imperative part of Trump’s rise to power, and is the backbone of Trump’s success with the public, theorizes Robert Barnes of American Thinker. He suggests that Bannon helped make Trump the champion of the working class that resulted in his presidency, and without him the president’s popularity would suffer. Barnes believes that lending the likes of Kushner his ear goes hand-in-hand with Trump’s embracing big banks and foreign intervention, which his voters won’t stand for. Bannon managed to channel the anger of the middle class into a successful presidential campaign, he is needed to maintain this furor, asserts Barnes.