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Friday, July 21, 2017

Where's Waldo and Steve Bannon?

Where in Sam Hill is Steve Bannon? He seems to have disappeared from the political scene.

The guy who was once called "The Great Manipulator" and is Trump's senior adviser, has pulled back, probably to save his job. 

Bannon wasn't around on Trump's trips to Europe for the G20 summit and absent from the visit of French President Emmanuel Macron. This is truly a bellwether as Bannon has a strong interest in European politics and antipathy to the EU.

He hasn't been around for the White House's very sensitive policy debates and some even say they've heard Steve weeping quietly in one of the White House bathroom stalls.

Bannon has been humbled by President Trump's growing suspicion that he's looking out only for himself, and is in a self-imposed exile, away from the administration's inner circle to save his bacon, according to several White House invisible advisers.

Regarding Trump's Warsaw speech that called for the defense of Western civilization and echoed Bannon's very own ideology, it turns out Bannon didn't write a single word of it, nor did he participate in the administration's conference calls to strategize the speech. In fact, the speech was mostly written by chief speechwriter Stephen Miller, national security adviser H.R. McMaster and speechwriters Vince Haley and Ross Worthington.

"His name wasn't even mentioned," came the voice of a senior White House anonymous official through a black curtain that hid his identity.

According to another anonymous White House aide, Bannon now spends hours camped out at the conference table, reading the news or working on his phone.

Perhaps he's checking Twitter for the latest on POTUS's thoughts.

The truth is, Bannon enjoys working in the shadows, but I believe his Trump administration days are numbered. I give him six months.