Steve Bannon ousted as White House chief strategist
Steve Bannon, White House Chief OUT!
Strategist Steve Bannon has been fired after weeks of mounting pressure from GOP factions inside the administration and outside for the President to get rid of his distracting alta ego
Bannon submitted his resignation on Aug. 7, but the announcement was pushed back because of last weekend’s violence in Charlottesville, Va., a person close to him told the New York Times.
President Trump has accepted Bannon’s resignation, and White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed Friday was his last day.
“We are grateful for his service and wish him the best,” Sanders said in a statement.
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The 63-year-old strategist often feuded with other White House staffers who took a more globalist view on the economy and foreign relations during his seven-month tenure.
The former Breitbart News executive joins a long list of high-ranking White House officials who’ve been let go early on in the Trump administration.
His days appeared numbered in recent weeks, however. In July, Trump fired Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, a moderate Republican with whom Bannon regularly clashed.
Steve Bannon gained his position of trust in the Trump administration after overseeing the final push of his campaign
Three days ago President Trump was asked if he has confidence in his embattled chief strategist Steve Bannon.
Trump was complimentary on Tuesday, but included his trademark indicator of a coming storm: “we’ll see.”
“I like him. He is a good man. He is not a racist. I can tell you that,” Trump said during a press conference staged at Trump Tower. “He is a good person. He actually gets a very unfair press in that regard,” the president said.
Privately Trump fumed in recent days after Bannon gave an off-the-cuff interview to the American Prospect, in which he said there was no military plan for North Korea.
The President had previously lashed out in private over how much credit his former champaign chief got for Trump’s electoral victory in the book “Devil’s Bargain,” Buzzfeed News reported.
Soon, Bannon’s enemies reportedly started pushing for his removal.
Bannon, a former Goldman Sachs banker who later worked in TV, has been heavily criticized during his brief tenure guiding the White House policy.
Anthony Scaramucci, the White House communications director for 11 days in July, said he would’ve fired Bannon if given the option.
“If it was up to me, he would be gone,” Scaramucci said during an Aug. 15 appearance on “The Late Show.” “But it’s not up to me.”
In an interview with Ryan Lizza of The New Yorker, Scaramucci previously accused Bannon of leaking to the press, that the strategist was more involved with pleasuring himself than furthering the President’s agenda.
Bannon is the 12th top official who have been fired or quit under Trump administration
Despite coming to his defense during an Aug. 16 news conference at Trump Tower in Manhattan: “I like him. He is a good man. He is not a racist. I can tell you that,” Trump said. “He is a good person. He actually gets a very unfair press in that regard,” Trump left Bannon’s potential departure open-ended in the same news conference, however.
“We’ll see what happens with Mr. Bannon,” Trump said.
Trump and his two former White House henchmen, Bannon and former Chief Of Staff,Reince Priebus – now all departed from their posts in 210 days
Bannon [right], was considered the iron fist inside the glove of the Trump [left], administration
Bannon’s descent stands out among those who the President has fired since taking office.
He was a one-time confidant of the President of oversaw the last few months of his campaign and followed him into the White House.
But his appointment was immediately met with controversy, particularly his appointment to the National Security Council although he had little experience in the field.
Bannon was later removed from the body in April as National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster’s influence grew.
His perceived influence over Trump landed him on the cover of Time magazine with the title, “The Great Manipulator.”
Trump’s opponents mockingly referred to him as “President Bannon.”
Bannon oversaw Trump’s two attempted travel bans on several Muslim-majority countries, which were held up in federal court.
His clout dropped further when his initial bid to repeal and replace Obamacare was pulled after it became clear Trump didn’t have the votes in the House of Representatives.
Bannon reportedly, also feuded with senior adviser Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law.
Campaign trail: Ousted White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon [left], feuded endlessly with the president’s son-in-law and Senior Adviser Jared Kushner [right] clashed once they got to the White House.
While the two were close during the campaign, both men wrestled for influence over Trump.
Bannon who sppeared to thrive amidst chaos and collected enemies like trophies was also rumored to be at loggerheads with Security Adviser Gen. McMaster over policies up until his outster.
Bannon’s last days in the White House were also marked by the curt interview with the American Prospect.
CNN reports that the interview prompted Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), chair of the Freedom Caucus, to drop his continued support of Bannon,whom he’s called a needed conservative voice in the White House.
The self proclaimed security, trade and foreign policy expert wanted to open up the diplomatic and trade wars on several fronts, simultaneously. While unabashedly stating that the president had no chips if it boiled down to a military showdown with North Korea, Bannon said he wanted a trade war with China, whom he viewed as the real enemy of the U.S.
“Just give me more. Tear down more statues. Say the revolution is coming. I can’t get enough of it” – Bannon to New York Times
mentioning that he was locked in a daily battle with Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and Gary Cohn, director of the National Economic Council, over trade with China.
“That’s a fight I fight every day here,” he said.
But the White House maintained after the report that Cohn intends to keep his job.
Bannon also made clear he was reveling in the response to Trump’s Charlottesville remarks.
“Just give me more. Tear down more statues. Say the revolution is coming. I can’t get enough of it,” he told the New York Times.
How long is it going to be before people start getting “volun-told” to get a position in Dump’s administration? I think the pool of qualified employees is hitting drought season. Only die-hard “I can/will make a positive difference” folks or out-and-out true-believers and sycophants will be going for the positions that come up.