After President Donald Trump’s scathing rebuke of his former adviser, Steve Bannon, Breitbart News’ board of directors weighed removing him as chairman.
Breitbart, according to The Wall Street Journal, saw a “chaotic” day on Thursday when board members met and many supported ousting Bannon.
Two of Bannon’s benefactors — Robert Mercer and Rebekah Mercer — reportedly distanced themselves from him and were “shocked and horrified” by his remarks revealed in a new book.
Many of Breitbart’s reporters wondered whether Bannon would keep his job just a day after Trump said he “lost his mind.”
The president was apparently angry after a report surfaced claiming Bannon suggested Trump’s son, Donald Trump Jr., was naive when he had a now-controversial meeting with a Russian attorney in 2016.
Bannon called that meeting “treasonous” and criticized Trump Jr. and Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and adviser, for having the meeting without any of their own lawyers.
“The three senior guys in the campaign thought it was a good idea to meet with a foreign government inside Trump Tower in the conference room on the 25th floor — with no lawyers. They didn’t have any lawyers,” he said.
Bannon’s statements came from Michael Wolff’s new book, which the White House criticized as “tabloid gossip” and “complete fantasy.”
In his response on Wednesday, Trump hinted that Bannon pretended to have White House influence as a way to “fool” people like Wolff.
“Steve was rarely in a one-on-one meeting with me and only pretends to have had influence to fool a few people with no access and no clue, whom he helped write phony books,” Trump said in his statement.
During her Thursday press briefing, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders claimed the book contained many “falsehoods” but apparently wasn’t referring to Bannon’s statements.
When asked whether Breitbart should fire Bannon, Sanders said it was something the company should consider.
Bannon later complimented Trump, leading the president to speculate his former adviser had changed his tune.
“He called me a great man last night, so he obviously changed his tune pretty quick,” Trump said Thursday.