The former head of Breitbart News, Steve Bannon, President Trump’s chief strategist, one of the few in the White House who is not a globalist or is not a New York liberal, was fired from his position on Friday, several media outlets reported on Friday morning, reports that were soon confirmed by a very brief White House statement.
“White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and Steve Bannon have mutually agreed today would be Steve’s last day,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement. “We are grateful for his service and wish him the best.”
However, in a strange twist that’s difficult to wrap one’s head around, Circa’s Sara Carter reported that Steve Bannon personally told her that he “resigned from the White House two weeks ago.”
— Sara A. Carter (@SaraCarterDC) August 18, 2017
On Tuesday, President Trump refused to say if Bannon’s job was safe, saying, “We’ll see what happens with Mr. Bannon.”
Just prior to the official announcement of Bannon’s departure, leading conservatives penned a letter to President Trump urging him to keep both Bannon and Kellyanne Conway, characterizing them as among the very few conservative voices within the Trump inner circle with any influence.
Bannon friend says Breitbart ramping up for war against Trump. "It's now a Democrat White House," source says.
— Gabriel Sherman (@gabrielsherman) August 18, 2017
“While others may come and go in the White House, we feel sure that with Steve and Kellyanne at your side, you will always hear the voices of those of us who have supported you through thick and thin, despite the efforts by some to ‘manage’ you and your message,” the conservatives wrote in a letter obtained by The Washington Times.
Among those signing the letter are Jenny Beth Martin, president of Tea Party Patriots; Richard Manning, president of Americans for Limited Government; Star Parker, president of UrbanCure; Tim Wildmon, president of the American Family Association; Richard Viguerie, chairman of ConservativeHQ.com; and Frank Gaffney, president of the Center for Security Policy.
The letter came just about an hour before the news broke that Mr. Bannon had indeed been ousted from his White House post, the Washington Times reported.
“Steve Bannon and Kellyanne Conway provide that assurance that you will always have people close to you who support your vision — and ours — for this great nation,” they wrote.
Also signing the letter were Tom Pyle, president of the American Energy Alliance; J. Christian Adams, president of the Public Interest Legal Foundation; Becky Gerritson of the Wetumpka TEA Party in Alabama; Brigitte Gabriel, founder of ACT for America; George Rasley, managing editor of ConservativeHQ.com; Clare M. Lopez of the Center for Security Policy; Philip B. Haney, a retired Customs and Border Patrol Officer; Ginni Thomas of Liberty Consulting; author Tim Daughtry; radio talk-show host Sandy Rios of the American Family Association; investigative journalist James Simpson of Crisisnow.net; and author Stella Morabito, the Times reported.
Bannon is now back in the trenches, and liberals are celebrating? 😄 Careful what you wish for….
— Paul Joseph Watson (@PrisonPlanet) August 18, 2017
Breitbart and Bannon were major supporters of Trump during the GOP presidential primary, when clearly more conservative candidates, like Texas Senator Ted Cruz , a principled constitutional conservative with a solid track record, were in the race.
On Wednesday, Bannon strangely gave an interview to a leftist website in which he was critical of some of the globalists who seem to dominate the Trump White House, an interview that reportedly made the President “furious.” However, if Bannon resigned two weeks ago, then his interview could not have had anything to do with his ouster.
Bannon was reportedly at odds with national security adviser H.R. McMaster, who had removed three NSC aides loyal to Bannon, who was brought into be Trump’s campaign chairman following the firing of Paul Manafort. Breitbart has been recently hammering McMaster with stories like this one, in which a video is shown of him portraying Islamic terrorist organizations as “really un-Islamic” and “really irreligious organizations” who cloak themselves in the “false legitimacy of Islam,” very similar to the politically correct way radical Islamic terrorists were described by pro-Islamist Obama regime.
In the 2016 presidential campaign, President Trump campaigned aggressively against political correctness, insisting that Islamists be referred to as “radical Islamic terrorism,” a term he used on Twitter hours ago on Friday.
The New York Times reported that Trump had decided to remove Bannon but was debating with his staff “when and how” to let him go.
Breitbart’s Joel Pollak tweeted the hashtag made famous by the late, great Andrew Breitbart, in defining his battle against the political ruling class and the Democrat Media Complex: #WAR
— Joel B. Pollak (@joelpollak) August 18, 2017
A person who recently spoke with Steve Bannon told CNNMoney that the now-former White House chief strategist will not stay quiet on the sidelines.
“It will be Bannon the barbarian,” the person said. “He’s not going to go out peacefully.”
On Friday, Trump loyalist and FOX Business Network host Stuart Varney described the Trump presidency as showing signs of “unraveling.”