Steve Bannon, the man credited with putting Donald Trump in the White House, has praised Boris Johnson’s senior adviser and claimed that the party will move even more to the right after Brexit.
Bannon, who has a history of backing far-right figures including Tommy Robinson, Marine Le Pen, and Viktor Orban, refused to say in a new interview if he had met Dominic Cummings or Johnson but appeared to have an insight into the Tory strategy.
Speaking to journalist Peter Geoghegan for his new book titled Democracy for Sale, the Trump campaign mastermind also said after Brexit the prime minister will become even more ‘populist’.
Bannon said that working alongside Johnson will continue to move to the right and will focus on ‘more economic nationalistic tendencies’. He predicts that the Tory leader will ‘adapt his policies to become more populist over time’.
Commenting on Cummings he said that he is a ‘brilliant guy’.
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He added: ‘I think Cummings is very smart where he puts his efforts. What I like about him is he has the ability to focus on the main things’.
He supported Cummings’ approach to the civil service, saying the ‘administrative state needs to be taken apart brick by brick’, and on Brexit he said there is only ‘one choice’ which is a ‘hard out, no deal’ situation.