Steve Bannon removed from top role in White House, returns to Breitbart

UPDATE 2 — 3:06 p.m. EDT: President Trump continued his praise of former adviser and campaign aide Steve Bannon on Saturday afternoon, tweeting that the conservative operative is needed in his return to news outlet Breitbart.

 

UPDATE — 11:29 a.m. EDT: In his first public comments on White House adviser Steve Bannon’s departure from the administration, President Trump tweeted the following Saturday morning:

 

In another purge of White House staff Friday, President Trump ousted top political adviser Steve Bannon.

“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,” read a statement from White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

Bannon’s departure follows a string of White House resignations and dismissals beginning on June 2 with the resignation of White House Communications Director Mike Dubke, the July 21 resignation of White House spokesman Sean Spicer, and the firing of new White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci.

According to Breitbart News, Bannon will be re-joining the website as its executive director effective immediately.

As late as Tuesday, Trump appeared to continue to support Bannon, saying:

“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.”

Long the target of the left, sources say Bannon expected to be forced out with the hire of John Kelly as White House chief of staff at the end of July.  Given free reign, Kelly’s first move was to remove Anthony Scaramucci.

Commenting on his departure Friday evening to Bloomberg, Bannon indicated he does not intend to leave the political realm. Describing his post-White House role as “going to war for Trump”, Bannon continued:

“If there’s any confusion out there, let me clear it up: I’m leaving the White House and going to war for Trump against his opponents — on Capitol Hill, in the media and in corporate America.”

Prior to his role as senior adviser to the president, Bannon served as Trump’s campaign manager.

 

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