Report: Steve Bannon out as WH Chief Strategist

Report: Steve Bannon out as WH Chief Strategist

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Steve Bannon, formerly the head of Breitbart and currently the Chief Strategist to the White House, has resigned. Two administration officials tell the NYT that the move came at President Trump's request, while a person close to Bannon insists it was his idea. Bannon has kept a low public profile, but the advisor has been closely involved in some of the administration's most notable actions, like the travel ban. The resignation comes just a few days after Bannon initiated a rare interview in which he mocked the U.S. military's threat to North Korea.

The White House inner circle looked very different in January:

Bannon was approaching one year with the Trump team:

Bannon joined Trump's presidential bid on August 17th, 2016. Following Trump's election victory, Bannon already envisioned a short term as White House chief strategist:
"From the start, Mr. Bannon, 63, has told people in his orbit that he never expected to last in his current position longer than eight months to a year, and hoped to ram through as much of his agenda as he could while he stood in the president’s favor" - NYT, 8/14/17
A source close to Bannon tells reporters that the resignation was filed on August 7th, so that it would take effect August 14th, marking the one year anniversary of his time with the Trump team.

He's expected to return to Breitbart:

Friends say that Bannon often wondered whether he'd have more success pursuing his far-right, nationalist agenda outside the White House. He will now reportedly be returning to Breitbart News, which he helped shape into a far-right powerhouse.
A source tells Sherman that Breitbart - which has gone after administration officials like H.R. McMaster and Jared Kushner - will now go after President Trump.

What affect - if any - will Bannon's exit have on Trump?

The New York Times reports that the violence in Charlottesville - and President Trump's moral equivocation between white supremacists/neo-nazis and counter-protestors - delayed the resignation announcement.
While most White House officials condemned the violence over the weekend, calling out white supremacists specifically, Steve Bannon said nothing.
President Trump's relationship with Bannon - perhaps the figurehead of the ascendant far-right, white nationalist movement - was again under intense scrutiny following his Charlottesville response.
Bannon's interview with the American Prospect added fuel to that fire:
""Just give me more. Tear down more statues. Say the revolution is coming. I can’t get enough of it," Bannon said.
Yesterday, the president continued to defend his response to the violence of Charlottesville. Bannon or no Bannon, that's unlikely to change.

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