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Joe Scarborough slams Stephen Bannon: 'This guy can't implement making a ham sandwich'

Morning Joe co-host Joe Scarborough is convinced chief strategist Stephen Bannon's days at the White House are numbered. While senior political analyst Mark Halperin argued Monday morning that Bannon's "rapport" with President Trump and his role in implementing "policy goals" still make him a valuable member of the team, Scarborough contended there is no way Bannon, former editor of Breitbart News, could come out on top in his simmering feud with Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner. "Two words: family wins," Scarborough said. "The family could tell you how many Breitbart stories attacked the family over the weekend. I don't know who [Bannon] thinks he's playing with."

Scarborough scoffed to think Bannon could actually believe he "can leak something to Breitbart" — of which he served as chairman before joining the Trump administration — "and that egg not end up on [his] face." "How stupid does he think Trump and Ivanka and Kushner are?" Scarborough asked.

Besides, Scarborough argued, Trump will be Trump — with or without Bannon. He didn't buy Halperin's argument that because "the president cannot implement," he needs Bannon to execute his agenda. "This guy can't implement making a ham sandwich," Scarborough said of Bannon, pointing out that it was the chief strategist who "botched" the immigration executive order that "screwed [Trump's] first two weeks in the White House."

Watch the debate over Bannon below. Becca Stanek