President Donald Trump reacted to the “very sad” news that New York prosecutors indicted former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon for allegedly defrauding hundreds of thousands of conservative donors in the online crowdfunding campaign We Build The Wall.
Trump reiterated that Bannon hadn’t worked for him in a long time and that he didn’t approve of the enterprise to build a private border wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, calling the project “inappropriate.”
Pundits across cable news weighed in on the indictment. A panel on Fox News’ “Outnumbered” was highly critical of Bannon with part-time host Kennedy going even further, excoriating the president with opinions unpopular among the right.
Mediaite’s Leia Idliby reports:
“I want to see what is in any president’s tax returns. I know that may be an unpopular statement for people who are very supportive of the president, and maybe he has nothing to hide. So just stop dragging this out,” Kennedy said. “It is a huge distraction, and every time the president has one of these distractions it takes away from anything that he could consider a victory.”
She then addressed Bannon’s arrest and called it “the most unsurprising news,” adding that the president is bad at choosing his team members.
“He’s just god-awful at it,” she added.
The indictment against Bannon includes one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and one count to commit money laundering. The charges combined carry a maximum sentence of 40 years.