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Strategist Steve Bannon leaves Trump’s turbulent White House

White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon listens at right as President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting on cyber security in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon listens at right as President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting on cyber security in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

August 18, 2017, 12:11 p.m. Updated August 18, 2017, 12:41 p.m.

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— Steve Bannon, a forceful but divisive presence in President Donald Trump's White House, is leaving.

Trump accepted Bannon's resignation on Friday, ending a turbulent seven months for his chief strategist, the latest to depart from the president's administration in turmoil.

White House spokesman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Friday would be Bannon's last day on the job.

"We are grateful for his service and wish him the best," she said in a statement confirming reports of Bannon's departure.

A combative and unorthodox Republican, Bannon was a key adviser in Trump's general election campaign, but he has been a contentious presence in a White House divided by warring staff loyalties.

The former leader of conservative Breitbart News has pushed Trump to follow through on his campaign promises and was the man behind many of his most controversial efforts, including Trump's travel ban and decision to pull out of the Paris Climate agreement.

But Bannon repeatedly clashed with other top White House advisers and often ran afoul of the president himself.

Bannon offered his resignation to Trump on Aug. 7, according to one person close to the adviser.

The resignation was to go into effect a week later, Aug. 14, which was the one year anniversary of when he officially joined Trump's presidential campaign. It was then held back a few days after the violence in Charlottesville.

But Bannon had been on shaky ground for weeks, and his standing appeared in jeopardy when Trump's new chief of staff, John Kelly, embarked on a personnel review of West Wing staff. Kelly had indicated to aides that significant changes could be coming, according to an official familiar with Kelly's plans but not authorized to speak publicly.

The president had also repeatedly diminished Bannon's role in his campaign in recent remarks and refused to express confidence during an impromptu news conference Tuesday.

"He's a good person. He actually gets very unfair press in that regard," Trump said. "But we'll see what happens with Mr. Bannon."

The decision whether to drop Bannon was more than just a personnel matter. The media guru is viewed in some circles as Trump's connection to his base and the protector of Trump's disruptive, conservative agenda.

"It's a tough pill to swallow if Steve is gone because you have a Republican West Wing that's filled with generals and Democrats," said former campaign strategist Sam Nunberg, shortly before the news of Bannon's departure broke. "It would feel like the twilight zone."

Comments

Daniel Kennamore 3 months, 1 week ago

Don't worry Steve, everything will be alt-right.

Steve Jacob 3 months, 1 week ago

Breitbart will go on the attack on Trump now.

Bob Summers 3 months ago

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Thomas Bryce Jr. 3 months ago

Not so sure he will go after Trump specifically. He has his own agenda. He used Trump as a "Tool" and his time in the West Wing was what he needed to forward his agenda. http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/politics/ct-bannon-breitbart-news-20170818-story.html

Bob Summers 3 months, 1 week ago

Trump, a one time democrat, is getting rid of republicans.

The plan is coming together nicely for the Liberals.

Fred Whitehead Jr. 3 months, 1 week ago

Holy Toledo..............Blow me down with a feather!!!!!!!!

"Bob" has given a good one to the Liberals.......Thanks!!!!!!

Bob Summers 3 months ago

My guess isTrump will resign before getting impeached.

No one in DC likes Trump because he is upsetting their cushy life. They do not like him draining the swamp

Greg Cooper 3 months ago

That might be except that the swamp is running from Chump instead.

Fred Whitehead Jr. 3 months ago

For once......I agree with "Bob".............(wow!!)

Trump is the very essence of the foolhardy voting base who bought his campaign drivel and fell for him hook, line and sinker. And now the country faces the horrible prospect of World War 3 with North Korea.

Or the prospect of continuous civil rage over his racist and fascist political posture.

Regarding impeachment....he needs to commit a specific crime to be convicted. And the spineless Republican congress will never step up to their responsibility to protect the country from this stupid jerk that has wormed his way into the White House.

Rush Limbaugh will not allow it.

Bob Smith 3 months ago

Trump won because he was running against the most disliked major part candidate in the past 100 years.

Clark Coan 3 months, 1 week ago

How many working in the White House have resigned in the last eight months? Some may be indicted by Moeller.

Michael Kort 3 months, 1 week ago

WEll, that leaves his son in law and Ivanka to fire.........or maybe poor General Kelly ?

Fred Whitehead Jr. 3 months, 1 week ago

The rats are deserting the sinking ship..............kinda like re-arranging the deck chairs on the Titanic

If General Kelly has any notions of civility at all, he will hi-tail it out the nearest exit.

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