'The Daily Show' suggests Donald Trump isn't actually calling the shots

By Nick Romano
February 09, 2017 at 09:46 AM EST
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The Daily Show host Trevor Noah played a game of “Who Is the Real President?” on Monday night.

President Donald Trump may officially hold the title, but he comes in fifth place on the late-night staff poll, while his chief strategist, Steve Bannon, is the current frontrunner.

Noah pointed to various reports regarding how much power Bannon holds in the White House, as well as Time magazine’s latest cover calling him “the great manipulator.”

“The Muslim ban has Trump’s name on it, but once again it turns out he didn’t really build it himself,” said Noah. “It was Bannon’s baby, which shouldn’t surprise anyone — it’s in his name, people. ‘Ban-non.’ ‘Ban-on-Muslims.’ Open your eyes, people!”

The late-night host also pointed to news of Bannon slipping “himself more power on the D.L.” by landing a spot on the National Security Council. Noah further slammed Trump for reports claiming he was unaware of signing the executive order that gave Bannon the position.

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“How is this real life?” Noah said. “This is insane. The president didn’t know what was in the executive order.”

On Monday, Trump came out on Twitter against the notion that Bannon is in charge, tweeting, “I call my own shots, largely based on an accumulation of data, and everyone knows it. Some FAKE NEWS media, in order to marginalize, lies!”

That just gave Noah more ammunition. “Trump’s defensiveness is telling. It shows that even he realizes he needs to prove he’s in control, and maybe someday he will be. But for now, let’s congratulate Steve Bannon,” Noah said. “As of this moment, you are the real president. The American people didn’t elect you. But then again, they kind of didn’t elect Trump either.”

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