White House chief strategist Steve Bannon is reportedly out at the White House.
On Friday, Drudge Report scooped The New York Times and reported that White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, who helped Trump to victory in the the 2016 Election, is out at the White House. According to the Times, Bannon submitted his resignation to Trump on August 7, but the announcement of his ouster was delayed until today thanks to the events in Charlottesville.
“White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and Steve Bannon have mutually agreed today would be Steve’s last day. We are grateful for his service and wish him the best,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement.
Bannon claims that he’s leaving voluntarily; Trump’s aides insist he’s being fired. It doesn’t really matter much – Trump obviously sidelined Bannon in favour of a wide variety of characters ranging from Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump to HR McMaster and John Kelly. Trump has reportedly been growing angry with Bannon for the last few months, from so-called “President Bannon” to Bannon allegedly waging war against National Security Advisor H. R. McMaster. Bannon’s influence had diminished.
But Bannon still had his connections to the Mercer family who are hugely influential and Trump’s top funders aswell as Breitbarts, and so Trump couldn’t fire him. It make sense that Bannon finally got tired of his waning influence and resigned.