Once it became clear that Donald Trump was going to be the next president, all eyes shifted onto who he would surround himself with in the White House. After Trump hired former Breitbart News CEO Steve Bannon as his new chief strategist, red flags were quickly raised.

Bannon on Trump

Well before Donald Trump became a candidate for president, Steve Bannon was helping to mold Breitbart News into one of the go-to publications for right-wing fringe journalism. Often promoting controversial and questionable news and opinion pieces, Breitbart News quickly became the destination for many on the far right of the political spectrum.

While Bannon has been accused of many things, including being a "racist" and "white nationalist," the current chief strategist has found himself in the White House as the right-hand man for the president. As reported by the Daily Beast on March 24, Bannon recently gave Trump a unique idea on how to handle the Republicans who are holding up the GOP Health Care Bill.

After two weeks of promoting the American Health Care Act as the alternative to Obamacare, dozens of Republicans have pushed back and made Donald Trump's first major legislation a potential failure.

When a vote was postponed on the floor on Thursday, it was rescheduled for a Friday afternoon vote after Trump threatened lawmakers to either support the bill, or deal with Obamacare for the foreseeable future. With the bill unlikely to pass, Steve Bannon has told Trump to keep a "sh*t list" of Republicans who opposed him and his health care plan.

"(Steve Bannon) has told the president to keep a sh*t list on this," one source close to the White House told the Daily Beast in an article published on Friday. "He wants a running tally of (GOP) who want to sink this," the source said, explaining, "Not sure if I’d call it an ‘enemies list, but I wouldn’t want to be on it." One White House aide referred to Bannon's proposal as a "hit list," who the administration will consider not loyal to the new president.

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With the Republican health care bill unable to gain traction, it's likely that Obamacare will remain the law of the land for some time. The Hill reported on Thursday night that Donald Trump regrets even supporting the bill, which has received negative press from both Republicans and Democrats. The president also told advisers that he would rather focus his attention on tax reform, infrastructure, and immigration, though it's unknown what support he will get on those issues moving forward.

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