According to reports, we are saying goodbye to Chief Strategist Stephen Bannon as part of Trump’s White House administration.
The founding member of Breitbart news outlet has been at odds with others in the White House for a while now, and tensions were growing. Perhaps his departure is part of new chief of staff John Kelly’s way of cleaning house. There have been far too many leaks and cleaning house was necessary.
This is certainly not the first time Trump has fired aides this year, and I have a strong feeling that it won’t be that last.
Trump foreshadowed the chief strategists status at the White House on Tuesday when he answered a reporter’s question on his confidence in Bannon. Trump said, “We’ll see what happens with Mr. Bannon,” and then added that he sees Bannon as a “good person” but that he “came on very late” with the campaign.
After that statement, it was just a matter of time.
The Hill reports :
Bannon’s worldview is at odds with many of Trump’s senior aides, and he clashed with the president’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, national economic adviser Gary Cohn and national security adviser H.R. McMaster. Their feuds would often spill into the pages of the press, exacerbating tensions in the White House.
Bannon was already suspected of leaking to reporters about his political enemies, and a surprising on-the-record interview he gave this week to a left-wing magazine American Prospect this week reinforced that notion.
Once Priebus was booted, there was no one else to stand between Bannon and Kelly. Unfortunately for Bannon, he couldn’t avoid walking the plank of the tightly run ship.
Bannon may have become a political liability in the wake of the Charlottesville protests.
Democrats cast Bannon, who once described Breitbart as “the platform for the alt-right,” as one of the “racists in the White House.” Pressure had been growing on Trump to cut ties with his nationalist wing, which also includes advisers Sebastian Gorka and Stephen Miller.
Even some Republicans called for Bannon to go, calling him a divisive figure who had muddied the president’s authority on international issues.
But Bannon is also a conduit to Trump’s base. His departure could provoke a backlash among Trump’s core supporters, who are fearful that the president is now being advised by liberals and who they refer to as “globalists,” like Cohn, Kushner and McMaster.
According to one of Bannon’s allies: “Steve’s allies in the populist nationalist movement are ready to ride to the gates of hell with him against the West Wing Democrats and globalists like Dina Powell, Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner, Gary Cohn and H.R. McMaster.”
The ally added, “They should all be very worried that their efforts to undermine the president will be exposed. If they think what’s happened with Steve is rough, wait until they see what he does outside the White House.”
That is a very vague “warning” per say. I wonder what exactly they mean by that last statement.
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