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Hours after his removal as Chief White House Strategist, Steve Bannon spoke with The Weekly Standard about the Trump presidency and what is next for him.

Bannon's ousting — which he claims was voluntary — comes after a press conference Tuesday that saw President Donald Trump leaving the ex-Breitbart CEO's future at the White House in jeopardy.

“The Trump presidency that we fought for, and won, is over,” Bannon said.

He continued: “We still have a huge movement, and we will make something of this Trump presidency. But that presidency is over. It’ll be something else. And there’ll be all kinds of fights, and there’ll be good days and bad days, but that presidency is over.”

Asked what had changed about the Trump presidency, Bannon said “the Republican establishment has no interest in Trump’s success on this. They’re not populists, they’re not nationalists, they had no interest in his program. Zero.”

He continued by saying that he felt it was “a half-hearted attempt at Obamacare reform, it was no interest really on the infrastructure, they’ll do a very standard Republican version of taxes.”

Continuing on that subject, Bannon pointed to the Trump's proposed border wall and the lack of funding, as well as the lack of sweeping tax cuts. "Where have [congressional Republicans] rallied to Trump’s cause? They haven’t.”

Bannon then took a moment to confirm what The New York Times had already reported: That he had submitted his resignation on Aug. 7. He elaborated though, saying that “I told them that my resignation would be effective the following Monday, on the 14th.”

Given the turmoil that took place in Charlottesville days after Aug. 7, Bannon, Trump, and newly appointed Chief of Staff John Kelly decided that it was best to delay his departure.

On what lies ahead for Trump, Bannon had an ominous statement on that matter. “There’s about to be a jailbreak of these moderate guys on the Hill,” he said.

“I think he’ll sign a clean debt ceiling, I think you’ll see all this stuff. His natural tendency — and I think you saw it this week on Charlottesville — his actual default position is the position of his base, the position that got him elected,” Bannon claimed of how Trump will proceed in the near future.

On a personal note, the ex-White House staffer claimed to “feel jacked up,” admitting that “now I'm free.”

Bannon also confirmed rumors that he would return to Breitbart, though the capacity in which he will return was not confirmed as of Friday evening.

“I built a f**king machine at Breitbart,” Bannon claimed. "And now I’m about to go back, knowing what I know, and we’re about to rev that machine up. And rev it up we will do.”

Aside from a brief statement from the White House earlier Friday afternoon, there has been no additional comment on Bannon's exit from White House officials.

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Erik Christiansen(10 likes)Another rat departs.  Or, in this case, is tossed overboard.Even the best of rats are departing the sinking ship.The President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, chaired by Melanija Trump, which began in 1982 under Ronald Reagan, up and quit. All of them. Every last one.In their letter of resignation, they wrote:Speaking truth to power is never easy, Mr. President. But it is our role as commissioners on the PCAH to do so. Art is about inclusion. The Humanities include a vibrant free press. You have attacked both. You released a budget which eliminates arts and culture agencies. You have threatened nuclear war while gutting diplomacy funding. The Administration pulled out of the Paris agreement, filed an amicus brief undermining the Civil Rights Act, and attacked our brave trans service members. You have subverted equal protections, and are committed to banning Muslims and refugee women & children from our great country. This does not unify the nation we all love. Supremacy, discrimination, and vitriol are not American values. Your values are not American values. We must be better than this. We are better than this. If this is not clear to you, then we call on you to resign your office, too.
selada(8 likes)It takes  a lot more than wishful thinking,  twitter  and a White House in perpetual crisis to govern the USA. Bannon was largely Trump's architect of the diastrous divide and conquer strategy.  None of them knew how to govern.  I have intellectual curiosity about how a US President can implement an autocratic ideology into leadership without facing major pushback from every organized institution in political, legal, corporate and religious sectors - and was not surprised to see that  it is impossible - not just from the hopelessly artless and unskilled Trump - but from the fact that they could not agree even on the hair-brained healthcare reform.  And Bannon - his deceitful anger appears to be laid at the feet of the cynical plutocratic class who take all the profits and work an ordinary citizen to death - but wait !  Didn't he speculate on TV sitcoms and financial arbitrage - just like those he thinks are immoral - he was getting too close to the the lives and deaths of American citizens .... he essentially imploded - leaving Donald Trump - alone, center stage and  primed to immolate with no damned fool trying to steal his spot light.
Katie(6 likes)Some of the fault that Trump is not accomplishing his promises lies with us - the voters. He can't drain a swamp if we keep electing and re-electing them.  We're the ones that are drawing the Congressional hand and we're the ones that need to fix it. We need viable candidates, and we need to primary and oust those who undermine. We then need to vote, en masse, these candidates in. Not be upset with the Republicans and vote Democrats in.  That's cutting off our noses to spite our faces. Keep in mind: The Left and the Democrats are playing to win - this is a battle for the very soul of this country. We can't play on the defense.