Donald Trump is on the verge of replacing Steve Bannon—with another Steve. The new Steve, Trump’s 31-year-old speech writer Steve Miller, was once close allies with Bannon, sharing many of the same beliefs. But Miller apparently sees the writing on the wall and is cozying up to Bannon’s biggest rival in the White House, Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner.
Colleagues of Miller, from both in and outside of the White House, say that he’s been complaining that “Bannon tried to take too much credit for Trump’s successes” and grumbling over Bannon’s combativeness. “He made it clear he isn’t a Bannon guy,” said one White House adviser.
Above all, Miller is incredibly loyal to Trump. Having worked with him on the campaign trail, Miller “gets Trump’s voice and knows how to talk to him,” as another White House official said. The fact that Miller keeps in contact with Trump’s campaign aides and officials indicates that he has no plan on breaking that loyalty.
Miller even promised never to go against Trump, even if what Trump says is obviously wrong. “I am prepared to go on any show, anywhere, anytime and repeat it and say the President of the United States is correct 100 percent,” he said in February. This is the kind of person Trump would want around him. Bannon, who has his own wealth, is harder to control, and can steal the spotlight. Miller is younger and hungrier. By aligning with Kushner, Miller is showing that he knows where the meal ticket is.