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Steve Bannon Makes Controversial Statements In Interview He Thought Was 'Off The Record'

White House chief strategist Steve Bannon is making headlines after a remarkably candid phone interview in which he basically shot down President Trump's "fire and fury" approach to North Korea, mused about his enemies in the administration "wetting themselves," and even called the alt-right "losers" and "clowns," all while assuming the conversation was "off the record."

The interview, with liberal magazine American Prospect's Robert Kuttner, left Twitter in shock:

It certainly appeared to be a move by Bannon to distance himself from the President:

A move that may ultimately cost him his job:

Some were quick to play the "ignorance" card, however:

But not everyone was buying that story:

And while some declare it all part of a larger strategy by Bannon:

There are definitely doubts:

H/T: American Prospect, Twitter, Decider