Press Secretary Confirms Bannon's Exit from The White House

politics
August 18, 2017

ABC News confirms that Steve Bannon resigned from his position as chief strategist for President Donald Trump last week. Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed the reports that leaked to the New York Times earlier today. 

"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," confirmed Sanders in a statement to the news outlet. 

His last day in the White House was reportedly the 14th, which marks exactly one year since he joined the Trump campaign. Bannon was influential in President Trump winning the White House. 

One senior White House Official told ABC news that "Trump had grown increasingly frustrated with Bannon." 

Bannon, who was the chairman of Breitbart News, has widely been accused of being a white nationalist. It is not shocking that his exit comes soon after the Charlottesville violence led by white nationalists. People on the left have been calling for his dismissal for a long time, and his appointment to the administration was controversial at the time. 

During a press conference at Trump Tower on Tuesday, President Trump defended Bannon, calling him a "good man" and saying he's not a "racist." However, he didn't say that Bannon would be staying with the administration. 

"I like Mr. Bannon. He's a friend of mine. But 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," said the president, "but we'll see what happens with Mr. Bannon."

A source told CNN that Bannon was supposed to be fired two weeks ago, but it was put off. President Trump, the source says, privately "stewed" about the decision before deciding to fire him after Bannon's volatile interview. Another source told CNN that Bannon was originally given the option to resign, but he eventually had to be forced out. 

Of course, Bannon is just the latest high-profile aide to leave the White House. In July, press secretary Sean Spicer resigned, over the appointment of Anthony Scaramucci. Shortly afterward, Chief of Staff Reince Priebus. A few days later, Scaramucci was fired after an expletive-ridden interview. He served for only 11 days. 

Read more about why Bannon was ousted. He gave a Scaramucci-style interview recently. Did that play a part in his exit?  

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