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Trump on Bannon: ‘In this whole process – I wouldn’t believe it if I didn’t see it’

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President Trump hosted his Iowa campaign rally on Tuesday, November 6, 2018 in Council Bluffs, Iowa. David Greedy/The Gazette via AP

Hours after railing against Democrats at a Missouri rally, President Trump launched a criticism of his former chief strategist, Steve Bannon, as he campaigned in his home state of Iowa on Tuesday.

“For the life of me, I don’t know where this Steve Bannon stuff comes from,” Mr. Trump said during a rally in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

“In this whole process — I mean, I wouldn’t believe it if I didn’t see it – but I think in your party, I think it would be better for us if we didn’t have that,” Mr. Trump added.

The president added that Mr. Bannon, who was fired by Mr. Trump in August 2017, was a “showboat” and “joke.”

A warning for 2020

Mr. Trump was set to hold a Republican event in Council Bluffs on Tuesday evening, his first event in Iowa since the election.

Mr. Trump has faced mounting criticism and questions about his stewardship of the Republican Party. His job approval ratings have sagged in recent weeks, and opinion polls indicate the Senate could flip in the November midterms.

Watch the speech below:

Members of the Trump administration have discussed how they could run for president if the president decides to withdraw from the international nuclear agreement with Iran. Reuters reports that Defense Secretary James Mattis and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have privately discussed how they could run for president should Mr. Trump abandon the nuclear agreement with Iran in 2019.

While Mr. Trump still uses colorful language against the Democrats and the so-called mainstream media, many Republicans point to Democrats who are virtually ignoring midterm campaign events by Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., and others.

Mr. Trump speaks to wealthy Iowa farmers at Council Bluffs Airport

Mr. Trump boarded Air Force One at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport on Tuesday, bound for Council Bluffs, Iowa.

During his speech on Tuesday, Mr. Trump railed against Democrats and accused them of attacking farming families.

“I don’t know what the hell has happened to Iowa farmers,” Mr. Trump said. “You know how we started out? We started with Rudy [Giuliani], Hillary [Clinton], Ted [Buchanan], the gang that couldn’t shoot straight … and now they all hate you. They all hate you.”

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