Steve Bannon is out of the White House, a year and one day after he became then candidate Donald Trump's presidential campaign manager.
The news of Bannon's exit first came from Drudge Report:
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Whether Bannon was fired by Trump or resigned (as his pals testify) is a matter that will debated in thinkpieces for some time to come. Odds are he'll head back to Breitbart.
Bannon was an outspoken racist. Other white nationalists remain in the Trump administration, including Gorka, Miller, and most notably, the President himself. More letting-go of aides is rumored to be in the works.
From Maggie Haberman at the New York Times:
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.
Mr. Bannon had clashed for months with other senior West Wing advisers and members of the president’s family.
But the loss of Mr. Bannon, the right-wing nationalist who helped propel some of Mr. Trump’s campaign promises into policy reality, raises the potential for the president to face criticism from the conservative news media base that supported him over the past year.