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‘Devil’s Bargain’ Author Joshua Green Says: Trump’s Rise To The Presidency Is “Unavoidably A Study of Steve Bannon, Too.”


In August 2016, former executive chairman of the website Breitbart News and current White House Chief Strategist, Steve Bannon, joined the Donald Trump presidential campaign. Joshua Green, a senior national correspondent for Bloomberg Businessweek, explained the relationship between Trump and Bannon in his new book "Devil's Bargain," and to CBS This Morning.
JOSHUA GREENE: He was a filmmaker, he was this kind of fringe character in Washington that not a lot of people knew or thought would be important… Here's a guy who was very smart, who succeeded in all sorts of different realms, but came from a blue-collar family, deeply traditional Catholic background. Managed to get into Harvard Business School. Survived by his own wits at Goldman Sachs and Hollywood. I think that really gave him a connection to Trump, who saw him as a dealmaker, as someone who spoke his language, as somebody who's comfortable with moguls, and somebody who had ideas that Trump recognized at an intuitive level could advance Trump's career… I think he did two things for Donald Trump: One is, Bannon was the mastermind of an interlocking group of political organizations funded by a right-wing billionaire whose mission was to tear down Hillary Clinton. The goal wasn't to do that for Trump, this was long before Trump was the nominee, but it was clear Clinton was probably going to be the Democratic candidate, and Trump wound up being the beneficiary of Bannon's efforts…

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Priebus On Trump Meeting With Kim Jong-un: “Not Right Now”


White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus joins "CBS This Morning" to discuss how the office may have changed President Trump, North Korea, and about the prospects for healthcare and tax reform bills. GAYLE KING: And thinking about decision making, you know, there's a lot of very intense conversation going on around North Korea. Can you imagine a scenario where President Trump and Kim Jong-un sit face to face and have a conversation? REINCE PRIEBUS: Not right now– GAYLE KING: Can you see that? REINCE PRIEBUS: –I can't. But– not right now I don't. You know, I would– unless the person was willing to disarm and give up what he's put in mountainsides across his country and give up his drive for nuclear capability and ICBMs. But, you know, so the question — I think the answer's probably not. And I don't see that happening. But it– we're going to need a lot of cooperation among the region and– and our leaders around the world in order to get this person under control.

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Spicer: Media Plays Game Of “Gotcha,” “Who Can Stump The Chump” At Briefings


White House press secretary talked about the White House's relationship with the press with the hosts of CBS This Morning on Monday's broadcast: GAYLE KING: But sometimes what you're saying there at the podium doesn't appear to jive with the facts of what's been presented with whatever the issue is. And I'm wondering how you deal with that. SEAN SPICER: Well, again, we go up there every day armed with a set of facts that we have. And sometimes it becomes a game of gotcha which is someone comes in and says, "Well, I know this instead." And that– that's– if that's the game it's who can stump the chump– then that's not really– an– an exercise in trying to get to the bottom of a situation. If it's trying to figure out who can, you know, get the other person– that's one thing. If it's an attempt to really understand an issue we get up there every day, we do a lot of prep to try to make sure that we've got all the facts and the figures. But if someone's trying to figure out how they can– how they can sneak a fast one on us and say, "Did you know that line 78 of that bill had this provision in it?" Well, then that's an honest attempt to really understand the news. We're around all day long. The press briefings usually happen at 1:00. And I'm always amazed sometimes at– at– at a member of the press corps that has sat on an issue for five or six hours only because they want to play a gotcha — you know, playing a gotcha question. If they're truly interested in getting to the bottom of the situation they'll be able to report out a story– I applaud that. But the question sometimes you have to ask is what's the motive behind the– the tone and the questions they're asking.

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Frank Luntz: “Most Americans Really Don’t Care” About Trump’s Tax Returns


CBS News: There is growing opposition from members within the Republican Party on the GOP plan to replace Obamacare after the Congressional Budget Office released its analysis predicting fewer people would buy coverage. CBS News contributor and Republican strategist Frank Luntz joins "CBS This Morning" from Sacramento to discuss how GOP leaders are selling health care. He also discusses President Trump's leaked tax return from 2005.

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