CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis found themselves on clean-up duty for the Trump-Bannon Chaos Circus.
Speaking in Munich and Brussels, Pence and Mattis sought to reassure anxious European leaders of America's "unwavering commitment" to NATO, and America's "steadfast and enduring" commitment to the European Union.
In Pence and Mattis, European leaders got a brief glimpse of how someone from the US Executive Branch should normally sound and act.
Any European sighs of relief were likely short lived, if they were breathed at all. By Monday, Reuters was reporting that Steve Bannon had contradicted Pence's reassurances, weeks before, in a message he delivered to Germany's ambassador.
Reuters reports that according to people familiar with the talks, Bannon "signaled to Germany's ambassador to Washington that he viewed the EU as a flawed construct and favored conducting relations with Europe on a bilateral basis."
In 2014, at an international conference, Bannon had voiced support for European right-wing populist/nationalist movements.
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Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster has been named National Security Adviser. The White House has said McMaster will be able to choose his own staff. If McMaster wants to remove Bannon from the National Security Council, will he be allowed to, or will he find out that Bannon's really the unofficial National Security Adviser?
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