Selfie Inadvertently Reveals Bannon's 'To-Do List'

And one item may end up hurting the administration in court
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted May 3, 2017 7:18 PM CDT
Selfie Inadvertently Reveals Bannon's 'To-Do List'
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach poses with Steve Bannon, but the real star of the photo is Bannon's whiteboard in the background.   (Twitter)

When Steve Bannon moved into his office in the White House, he moved out bookshelves and a couch to make room for a bunch of big whiteboards, CNN reports. Thanks to "America's rabbi," we now know what's on at least one of those whiteboards. According to the Daily Dot, Rabbi Shmuley Boteach visited the White House for Israel Independence Day and posed for photos with Bannon, which he shared on Twitter. A whiteboard full of "pledges" is visible in the background. NBC News describes the whiteboard as Bannon's "hand-written to-do list." Topics on the whiteboard include "Pledges on Obamacare," "Pledges on Tax Reform," and "Pledges on Infrastructure."

Despite the internet scouring Bannon's whiteboard for secret plans, there isn't anything on there the Trump administration hasn't talked about publicly. Items include "Eliminate the estate tax," "Hire 5,000 more Border Patrol agents," and "Suspend the Syrian refugee program." There is one interesting item, however: "Cancel all federal funding to sanctuary cities." President Trump's executive order to withhold funding from sanctuary cities is currently being argued in federal court, with Justice Department lawyers arguing the order would only really keep a small amount of funding from sanctuary cities. But Bannon's use of "all federal funds" on his whiteboard may hurt that argument. (More Steve Bannon stories.)

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