President Donald Trump’s chief of staff, Reince Priebus, and his chief strategist, Steve Bannon, took the stage at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Thursday to take aim at the mainstream media.
The two men, who are often portrayed as rivals in the White House, claimed that that depiction is inaccurate.
“We share an office suite together,” Priebus said of Bannon, saying they spend the vast majority of their time working together.
During their remarks, they displayed a united front against what they called “the opposition party” — the media.
Priebus bemoaned “ridiculous” coverage of the White House as they work to implement Trump’s campaign promises.
Bannon repeatedly took a combative tone when discussing the media. He vowed that the president's feud with the press will not improve.
"It's not only not going to get better," Bannon said. "It's going to get worse every day. ... They’re corporatist, globalist media that are adamantly opposed to an economic nationalist agenda like Trump has."
"Here's why it's going to get worse," Bannon added. "Because he's going to continue to press his agenda. And as economic conditions get better, as more jobs get better, they're going to continue to fight. If you think they're going to give you your country back without a fight, you are sadly mistaken. Every day, it is going to be a fight."
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Bannon said that very agenda appealed to CPAC attendees the first time Trump spoke at the conference, noting that the president is scheduled to address the conference Friday.
American Conservative Union Chairman Matt Schlapp asked the pair if the “Trump movement” can coincide with conservatism, given the “diversity” in thought between the two ideologies.
“It has to,” Priebus replied. He added that “we have to stick together as a team” to use Trump’s victory as an “opportunity” and to keep the president in office for eight years.
Schlapp also asked what they liked best about each other. Priebus praised Bannon for his “dogged” dedication to Trump’s vision and for his “loyalty” to the president. Bannon lauded Priebus as a “steady” hand in the White House and “unwavering” in implementing Trump’s agenda.