US President Donald Trump is facing a “coup” and the country was facing a crisis comparable only to that faced by former President Abraham Lincoln during the US Civil War, according to former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon.
In an interview with Reuters in Rome, Italy, Bannon said the coup was highlighted by an anonymous column in The New York Times detailing resistance within the Trump administration.
“What you saw the other day was as serious as it can get. This is a direct attack on the institutions,” Bannon said. “This is a coup, okay.”
The Times column was published on Wednesday and was written by an unnamed senior administration official, plunging Trump’s presidency into its worst crisis yet.
The writer blasted Trump’s “amorality” and said: “Many of the senior officials in his own administration are working diligently from within to frustrate parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations.”