White House: Steve Bannon out as chief strategist
WASHINGTON — White House chief strategist Steve Bannon is leaving his post, the White House confirmed on Friday.
“White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and Steve Bannon have mutually agreed today would be Steve’s last day,” CBS News reported White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders as saying. “We are grateful for his service and wish him the best.”
Bannon was a key adviser to President Donald Trump’s general election campaign and stayed on once he reached the White House.
The former leader of conservative Breitbart News pushed Trump to follow through with his campaign promises, but he’s also sparred with some of Trump’s closest advisers, including son-in-law Jared Kushner.
It’s unclear how the change came about. Reports from The New York Times suggest the President had told senior leaders he wanted Bannon out, but the big question was when and how. However, a person close to Bannon told the news outlet the strategist had submitted his resignation several weeks ago.
The White House has not commented on those statements.
When asked earlier this week if he confidence in Bannon, President Trump replied, “Well, we’ll see… Look, look, I like Mr. Bannon,” Mr. Trump said. “He is a friend of mine. Mr. Bannon came on very late. You know that. I went through 17 senators, governors and I won all the primaries. Mr. Bannon came on very much later than that. And I like him. He is a good man. He is not a racist. I can tell you that. He is a good person. He actually gets a very unfair press in that regard. We’ll see what happens with Mr. Bannon. He is a good person and I think the press treats him frankly very unfairly.”