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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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