Steve Bannon reached a mutual agreement with Trump’s chief of staff, Gen. John Kelly, to end his tenure, a spokeswoman for the president’s office said Friday. Bannon did not return requests for comment Friday.
Kelly had been evaluating Bannon’s role within the White House.
But people close to the now ex-chief strategist told the Times that Bannon himself had made the decision and had submitted his resignation to Trump on August 7.
“There’ll be all kinds of fights, and there’ll be good days and bad days, but that presidency is over”, he added.
He headed directly back to Breitbart on Friday – and even chaired Friday’s editorial meeting.
“It was great! Thanks S”, Trump said.
With the firing of anti-globalist Steve Bannon, neo-conservatives and hawks may take complete control of U.S. foreign policy, says investigative journalist Rick Sterling, adding that it’s not a good sign when hawkish Senator John McCain is smiling.
But his former colleagues in the West Wing are uncertain how long that will last.
That’s why Republicans on Capitol Hill expressed somewhat less hope than investors did when stocks rose today as news of Bannon’s departure broke. Despite Bannon’s dedication to Trump’s agenda from outside the White House, his removal may signify a response to heightened criticism involving Trumps’ perpetually divisive cultural statements about transgender rights and “alt-right’ activities”.
White House Chief Strategist Stephen Bannon speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland, US. But that presidency is over. The two administration officials cautioned that Mr. Trump is known to be averse to confrontation within his inner circle, and could decide to keep on Mr. Bannon for some time.
But he was also accused by critics of leaking to reporters for self-promotion and egging on Mr Trump’s most damaging impulses.
Bannon allies said they expect him to remain largely loyal to the president, while training his harshest fire on those in Trump’s orbit he believes bring a Democratic, “globalist” worldview to the administration.
He contradicted the President by saying there was no military solution to the threat posed by North Korea and its nuclear ambitions.
Bannon attacked white nationalists as “clowns” and said: “Ethno-nationalism – it’s losers”.
On Tuesday, Trump refused to publicly back Bannon amid speculation he was about to lose his job and pressure from moderate Republicans to oust him.