Steve Bannon is resigning from his post as executive chairman of Breitbart News, the right-wing company announced Tuesday. Bannon has been the person most closely associated with Breitbart News in recent years, but he has lost the support of conservative benefactors amid a rift with President Trump.
Trump and Bannon, two anti-establishment Republicans, bonded during the campaign. Now they are in the throes of a bad breakup after Bannon made critical statements about President Trump and his family.
Bannon’s departure comes as the Trump White House continues to attack Bannon over remarks attributed to him in a new book in which he questions President Trump’s mental fitness and disparages his elder son, Donald Trump Jr. as “unpatriotic.”
The explosive claim could land Donald Trump Jr. and other Trump campaign officials in prison for “serious crimes” against the U.S.
“They’re going to crack Don Junior like an egg on national TV,” Bannon reportedly told author Michael Wolff, referring to the investigation into the Russian election interference.
“The three senior guys in the campaign thought it was a good idea to meet with a foreign government inside Trump Tower in the conference room on the 25th floor – with no lawyers. They didn’t have any lawyers,” Bannon reportedly said.