Former White House strategist Steve Bannon says he’s still got President Trump’s back after being fired Friday.
“If there’s any confusion out there, let me clear it up: I’m leaving the White House and going to war for Trump against his opponents — on Capitol Hill, in the media and in corporate America,” Bannon told journalist Joshua Green. Green was the author of the new book, Devil’s Bargain: Steve Bannon, Donald Trump, and the Storming of the Presidency.
UPDATE: The White House confirms with a statement from Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders: “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.”
Maggie Haberman reports that President Donald Trump plans to remove White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon, the former executive chairman of Breitbart News. She writes that Bannon submitted his resignation from the White House over a week ago.
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.
As of Friday morning, the two men were still discussing Mr. Bannon’s future, the officials said. A person close to Mr. Bannon insisted the parting of ways was his idea, and that he had submitted his resignation to the president on Aug. 7, to be announced at the start of this week, but it was delayed in the wake of the racial unrest in Charlottesville, Va.
“The populist-nationalist movement got a lot stronger today,” said Breitbart News Editor-in-Chief Alex Marlow. “Breitbart gained an executive chairman with his finger on the pulse of the Trump agenda.”
Breitbart News CEO and President Larry Solov agreed.