Donald Trump Senior Adviser Steve Bannon, who was largely credited with shaping the strategy that got Donald Trump to the White House, has been fired from his role as the president’s chief strategist, The New York Times reports.
Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House press secretary, said Bannon and Chief of Staff John Kelly agreed Friday would be his last day.
“We are grateful for his service and wish him the best,” Sanders said in a statement.
The details of Bannon’s departure remain unclear. According to the report, Trump had decided to remove Bannon, but also that a source close to Bannon said the adviser had submitted his resignation on Aug. 7 to be effective Aug. 14. Vanity Fair’s Gabriel Sherman tweeted that Bannon is expected to return to Breitbart News.
Vanity Fair’s Gabriel Sherman tweeted that Bannon is expected to return to Breitbart News.
Bannon’s departure comes amid a recent wave of White House staffing shake-ups and turmoil. According to several news reports, Trump believed that Bannon was behind recent leaks to the press.
Bannon, who left Breitbart to run Trump’s campaign in August 2016, pushed Trump to be loyal to the populist base that got him elected. He was a conservative force in the West Wing who helped draft Trump’s controversial ban on travel and immigration from several Muslim-majority countries.