Stephen Bannon, US President Donald Trump’s chief strategist, is leaving his post, spokeswoman for the White House, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, announced on Friday.
“White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and Steve Bannon have mutually agreed today would be Steve’s last day,” Sanders said in a statement. “We are grateful for his service and wish him the best.”
Earlier on Friday, reports appeared that Trump had told senior aides that he had decided to remove his chief strategist.
Meanwhile, other reports suggest that Bannon insisted that the parting of ways was his idea. According to this version, Bannon had submitted his resignation to the president on August 7. It was set to be announced at the start of this week, but this was delayed after the violence in Charlottesville.
Joel Pollak, a Breitbart Editor, has already reacted to the news, twitting “#WAR”. It looks the most popular American media outlet “Breitbart News” may have no more will to support the administration.
— Joel B. Pollak (@joelpollak) 18 August 2017
— Ben Jacobs (@Bencjacobs) 18 August 2017