The New York Times reports that Steve Bannon is stepping down from his position as executive chairman of Breitbart News. News of Bannon's departure from the hard-right news organization came on Tuesday and was apparently forced by financial patron Rebekah Mercer.
Bannon, nicknamed "Sloppy Steve' by President Trump, made headlines for remarks attributed to him in a new book, in which he questioned Trump's psychological and mental fitness and criticized Donald Trump Jr. Bannon also apparently claimed that "treason" was committed during the 2016 election between the Trump campaign and Russians.
In an official statement, Bannon remarked that he is "proud of what the Breitbart team has accomplished," claiming that they have grown into a "world-class news platform."
Last week, President Trump threatened legal actions in order to block "Fire and Fury," the book that portrays him as a volatile and ill-equipped chief executive. Trump has taken especially focused aim at Michael Wolff, the book's author, as well as former White House strategist Steve Bannon, who was fired from his position last year.
In response to the statements attributed to Bannon in the new book, Trump remarked that after the former strategist left the White House, he actually "lost his mind" and now "has nothing to do with me or my presidency," according to the New York Times.
In response, Bannon claimed that he thinks Trump is "a great man." He said, "You know I support him day in and day out, whether going through the country giving the ‘Trump Miracle’ speech or on the show or on the website.”
Breitbart confirmed Bannon's departure on their website on Tuesday.
"Bannon and Breitbart will work together on a smooth and orderly transition," they said.
According to Breitbart CEO Larry Solov, “Steve is a valued part of our legacy, and we will always be grateful for his contributions, and what he has helped us to accomplish.”
News of Steve Bannon's departure from Breitbart News will certainly have significant implications for the future of the news organizations. It also comes as another major blow to the populist-nationalist movement within the Republican Party, which seems to be fading every week.
In recent news, Lindsey Graham revealed why his meeting with Trump was his "most fascinating" of his 20-year career.