The New York Times has reported that President Trump will be removing Steve Bannon as his chief strategist. According to the publication, he told his senior aides that he will be removing the strategist who helped him win the White House in 2016, according to two senior officials who were brief 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," added the NYTimes.
A person close to Bannon says the departure comes on his terms; he submitted his resignation on August 7th, says the source. The announcement of his resignation was apparently delayed by violence in Charlottesville.
"Mr. Bannon had clashed for months with other senior West Wing advisers and members of the president’s family," says the NYTimes.
People, including Anthony Scaramucci, have been criticizing Bannon since the violence in Charlottesville. They believed President Trump's response was so unsatisfactory, saying people on "both sides" were to blame, because of Bannon's influence.
"Human rights activists demanded that the president fire so-called nationalists working in the West Wing. That group of hard-right populists in the White House is led by Mr. Bannon," adds the article.
When asked earlier in the week if he would be removing Bannon from his position, President Trump gave a non-commital answer. His response was simple.
“We’ll see what happens with Mr. Bannon,” Mr. Trump said.
The dismissal also follows Bannon’s own Scaramucci-style interview where he badmouthed the administration, said the U.S. couldn't solve the North Korea situation militarily, and called the far right "clowns" and "losers."
This is a developing story. More details to come. In other U.S. controversy, another NFL football player has protested the National Anthem.