In his background this morning, Alessandro Sallusti quotes a passage from Michael Wolff's latest book Siege, focus on Trump (Rizzoli) according to which the idea of a third prime minister between Salvini and Di Maio was by Steve Bannon, former head of Trump's electoral strategy and leader of Alt Right (right-wing alternative) the ultra conservative, anti-liberal and sovereign political movement that coined the motto First America, First America.
Here is the passage in question: «In the spring of 2018 Bannon had operated behind the scenes even in Italy where there was only one certainty in practice: the composition of the electorate, fragmented and partisan, always ended up giving victory to some ineffective and abhorred center coalition. Bannon had made friends, however, Matteo Salvini, the leader of the League, who moved to nationalist positions on the right. Released the results of the March elections, from which as expected no majority had emerged, Bannon took the first plane to the Peninsula where he helped negotiate an agreement between the League and the Five Star movement, a left-wing populist party with some strong tendencies right. Bannon advised Salvini and Luigi Di Maio not to aim for the office of Prime Minister: it was better to agree on a premier of the facade. No sooner said than done! Bannon had achieved the perfect fusion of the far right with the far left "[Newspaper].