There was speculation yesterday that his unfortunate interview with Robert Kuttner of The American Prospect, in which he was openly defiant of Donald Trump, was a ploy to divert attention from his boss, who just finished the worst week of his presidency. Whatever the true reason for Steve Bannon’s back-stabbing antics, his days as White House chief strategist are over.
According to ABC News and other sources, Bannon is out as White House chief strategist.
The decision on the controversial Bannon comes after Trump drew ire for comments following a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Bannon was the former publisher of Breitbart News and once said the publication was the platform for the “alt-right.” The Associated Press recently issued guidance that the term “alt-right” should be avoided because it is meant as a euphemism to disguise racist aims.
Bannon becomes the latest in a flurry of firings that witnessed the dismissal of Press Secretary Sean Spicer, Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, and Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci. Scaramucci’s termination came 10 days into the job.
The White House released a statement to reporters reading:
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.
On Tuesday, LU carried in its Web Crawler section a headline that read “Office pool: When (not if) will Steve Bannon go?” Under it, one of our editors quipped “The 11 am. spot Friday is still open.” Here’s hoping you claimed that spot!