Trump removes Stephen Bannon from White House
US President Donald Trump's chief strategist Steve Bannon
Islam Times - US President Donald Trump has removed his chief strategist Steve Bannon from the White House, according to two administration officials.
Trump told his senior aides that he has decided to remove Bannon, the embattled White House chief strategist who helped Trump win the 2016 presidential election, two Trump administration officials briefed on the issue told The New York Times.
Bannon’s expulsion is said to have been resulted from an interview that infuriated the US president earlier this week.
Bannon was quoted as claiming he had the power to fire officials at the State Department and contradicted Trump on North Korea.
The president signaled Bannon stands on shaky ground when he was asked by a reporter if he still has the confidence in his chief strategist.
“We'll see what happens with Mr. Bannon," Trump responded, adding that while he believes he is a "good person," Bannon "came on very late" to the campaign.
Meanwhile, Trump's Press Secretary Sarah Sanders issued a statement on Friday saying, "White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and Steve Bannon have mutually agreed today would be Steve's last day."
"We are grateful for his service and wish him the best,” Sanders stated.
The news comes as the US administration is reeling from the fallout over Trump's response to a violent white supremacist rally.
Critics of the 63-year-old strategist labeled Bannon a white supremacist as he was formerly the executive chairman of the far-right news outlet Breibart, an online news website which many believe publishes racist and anti-Semitic articles.
Additionally, Trump was reportedly suspicious of Bannon as the man behind the many leaks that have driven the White House into chaos.
Trump has long denounced leaks of sensitive information to media, including the details of his confidential Oval Office phone conversations with other world leader as well as other White House secrets.
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