Steve Bannon has been removed from his position in Trump’s cabinet, as reported by the New York Times Friday morning. Rumors have swirled since Bannon was hired, but as Charlottesville tensions mounted, Trump obviously felt pressure to get rid of his alt-right pal.
According to NY Times:
“President Trump has told senior aides that he has decided to remove Stephen K. Bannon, the embattled White House chief strategist who helped Mr. Trump win the 2016 election, according to two administration officials briefed on the discussion. The president and senior White House officials were debating when and how to dismiss Mr. Bannon. 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.”
A source close to Bannon insists it was Bannon’s idea to resign from the cabinet, that he had turned in his resignation on August 7th, but that it had been put on hold after the events in Charlottesville that claimed the life of 32-year old Heather Heyer. Bannon had apparently “clashed for months with other senior West Wing advisers and members of the president’s family.”
NY Times continues:
“The loss of Mr. Bannon, the right-wing nationalist who helped propel some of Mr. Trump’s campaign promises into policy reality, raises the potential for the president to face criticism from the conservative news media base that supported him over the past year.”
BREAKING NEWS: ABC News Special Report: Steve Bannon out as White House chief strategist, ABC News has learned. http://abcn.ws/2xb7w0b
Posted by ABC News on Friday, August 18, 2017