Bannon leaving as White House chief strategist

President Trump appeared to bow to pressure Friday when administration officials confirmed the ouster of controversial White House chief strategist, Stephen K. Bannon.
By Adam Widmer | Aug 22, 2017
President Trump appeared to bow to pressure Friday when administration officials confirmed the ouster of controversial White House chief strategist, Stephen K. Bannon.

Bannon, the former editor of Breitbart, is widely seen as a far-right nationalist and recently praised Trump's broadly criticized remarks on the white supremacist violence in Charlottesville in which the president blamed "both sides" for the mayhem.

"White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly and Steve Bannon have mutually agreed today would be Steve's last day," said White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, as reported by The Washington Post. "We are grateful for his service and wish him the best."

Kelly, who has been Trump's chief of staff for three weeks, reportedly was unhappy with Bannon's habit of inserting himself in matters outside his job description and his attacks against National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster.

Bannon also gave a recent interview to the progressive American Prospect magazine in which he contradicted the president's position on North Korea, saying no military solution there was possible because of the inevitable millions of deaths that would result. In addition, Anthony Scaramucci, Trump's short-lived communications director, said repeatedly he thought Bannon was leaking to the news media.

To add to Bannon's negatives in Trump's view was his participation in a book by Bloomberg News reporter Joshua Green, which Bannon was portrayed as critical to getting the president elected.

One person close to Bannon told the Post that he plans to continue to push Trump's agenda even when no longer part of the administration.

"Steve's in a good place," said the anonymous source. "He doesn't care. He's going to support the president and push the agenda, whether he's on the inside or the outside."

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