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The New York Times reports Friday afternoon that President Donald Trump has decided to remove Chief Strategist Stephen Bannon from his position within the White House.
The rumor was confirmed minutes later in a statement from the White House press secretary:
The Times claimed that Trump had told numerous senior aides that the ousting would occur, according to “two administration officials briefed on the discussion.”
Matt Drudge, of Drudge Report fame, first reported on the alleged ousting. Drudge took to Twitter Friday afternoon with an ominous tweet regarding Bannon and his tenure at the White House:
The Times's Maggie Haberman has alleged that Bannon had actually submitted his resignation from office on Aug. 7 with an announcement to be made the following week.
Haberman wrote: “A person close to Mr. Bannon insisted the parting of ways was his idea, and that he had submitted his resignation to the president on Aug. 7, to be announced at the start of this week. But the move was delayed after the violence in Charlottesville, Va.”
At this time, it is unknown if Bannon resigned of his own accord or if his resignation was asked for.
According to MSNBC contributor Gabriel Sherman, Bannon could be expected to make a return to his former stomping ground, Breitbart, after his ouster at the White House:
Bannon's leaving the White House comes days after President Trump gave a divisive press conference in the lobby of Trump Tower in NYC. When asked whether he has confidence in Bannon, President Trump said that “he likes Mr. Bannon, but he came on very late [to the campaign].” He continued by saying that “we'll see what happens with Mr. Bannon, but he's a good person and I think the press treats him, frankly, very unfairly.”
This recent staff shake-up comes on the heels of many calling for Steve Bannon's resignation or firing from his position within the White House.
Most recently, Peter King (R-N.Y.) said that he feels “it's important for the president to fire Steve Bannon”
Bannon, for his part, has been on an impromptu media tour over the last few days in which he has been making some divisive statements.
In a recent interview with American Prospect, Bannon claimed that “if the left is focused on race and identity, and we go with economic nationalism, we can crush the Democrats.”
Speaking with The Washington Post on Wednesday, Bannon similarly said that “leftist elites do not value history.”