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Stephen Bannon has been booted from his position as the White House Chief strategist following the Charlottesville tragedy and President Donald Trump’s alleged pandering to neo-nazis, white supremacists, and the alt-right.
Bannon confirmed the decision to Joshua Green, the author of Devil’s Bargain: Steve Bannon, Donald Trump, and the Storming of the Presidency, saying:
“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.”
White House Press Secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, stated: “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.”
A senior White House official told the Washington Examiner:
“I would say it is very unlikely that this decision was taken weeks ago, as has been reported. This was also not going to be a unilateral decision made by the chief of staff, but a decision that was taken by the president based upon those within the White House pressurizing the president to fire him.”
Trump’s White House has seen the departure of nine of its major staff, including Chief Strategist Steve Bannon, Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci, Assistant Press Secretary Michael Short, Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, Press Secretary Sean Spicer, Communications Director Mike Dubke, Deputy National Security Advisor K.T. McFarland, Deputy Chief of Staff Katie Walsh, and National Security Advisor Mike Flynn.
In an attempt to establish himself, Kelly has reportedly fired White House Communications Director, Anthony Scaramucci. The former hedge fund manager was scheduled to announce a communications team when he was instead escorted from the White House. It is unclear at this time whether Scaramucci resigned from his job or was fired.
Scaramucci’s departure has come as a consequence of a disastrous New Yorker interview in which Scaramucci referred to Reince Priebus as a “f***ing paranoid schizophrenic” and Chief Strategist, Steve Bannon as a man “trying to suck his own c***.” Comments which have been deemed as inappropriate by White House Press Secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
“He will do a spectacular job, I have no doubt, as chief of staff. What he’s done, in terms of homeland security, is record shattering. You look at the border, you look at the tremendous results we’ve had and you look at the spirit. And with a very controversial situation, there has been very little controversy which is pretty amazing by itself.”
One White House aide commented that Kelly, who has a reputation as a straight shooter, had already begun “changing the culture” of the White House.