Steve Bannon Claims Chris Christie Didn't Get Trump Cabinet Job Because of Response to Billy Bush Tape
The former White House chief strategist called the infamous 'Access Hollywood' scandal a "litmus test" for loyalty to the then-presidential candidate.
In another preview for Charlie Rose's 60 Minutes interview with Steve Bannon which aired on CBS This Morning on Friday, the former White House chief strategist opens up about the conversation he and other members of Donald Trump's presidential campaign had after the release of the infamous Access Hollywood tape.
While it's previously been reported that after the tape came out, former RNC chairman Reince Priebus advised Trump to resign or risk a catastrophic defeat and Bannon argued that Trump still had a 100 percent chance of winning, the Breitbart executive chairman claims that Chris Christie's response to the scandal cost him a job in Trump's Cabinet.
"Christie, because of Billy Bush weekend, was not looked at for a Cabinet position," Bannon tells Rose, saying he took names of who sided with Trump and who opposed him the weekend after the tape came out. "I told him, 'The plane leaves at 11 o'clock in the morning. If you're on the plane, you're on the team.' Didn't make the plane."
Brian Murray, a spokesman for Gov. Christie, released a statement in response to the segment: "As has been widely reported, the Governor had been offered multiple Cabinet positions in addition to other senior posts in the White House and elsewhere," Murray said. "He chose to stay as Governor and complete his term. Any assertion to the contrary is simply factually incorrect."
Earlier, Bannon elaborated that he saw the Saturday after the tape, in which Trump was caught on a hot mic making lewd comments about women, as a "litmus test."
"Billy Bush Saturday showed me who really had Donald Trump's back to play to his better angles. All you had to do, and what he did, was go out and continue to talk to the American people," Bannon says. "People didn't care. They knew Donald Trump was just doing locker room talk with a guy. And they dismissed it. It had no lasting impact on the campaign. Yet, if you see the mainstream media that day, it was, literally, he was falling into Dante's Inferno."
Bannon's full sit-down with Rose airs on 60 Minutes this Sunday.