There is no doubt Stephen Bannon, Trump’s White House and campaign strategist was the liason between conservatives and the President.
Stephen Bannon joined the campaign almost a year ago. It was on August 17, 2016, almost one year ago today that Stephen Bannon left Breitbart News to join the Trump campaign as a key strategist.
Bannon certainly was a key figure in both narratives – #DrainTheSwamp and #AmericaFirst.
Let’s home Trump continues on the right path without Bannon in the White House.
H/T Conservative Tribune:
Since day one, there have been rumors among the mainstream media that chief White House strategist Steve Bannon was on the verge of being fired, and those rumors turned into loudly voiced demands following the racially charged debacle in Charlottesville over the weekend.
It appears the constant push against Bannon’s presence and role in the White House has finally taken its toll, as The New York Times reported Friday that President Donald Trump had decided to send Bannon on his way out the door.
Reporter Maggie Haberman wrote that Trump has been speaking with other senior White House officials for some time about how and when to get rid of Bannon, who had been increasingly clashing with others in the administration.
But there was a twist to the Washington guessing game that ended Friday. While most earlier speculation and reporting focused on how Trump would move to get rid of Bannon, sources close to Bannon were saying that Bannon had actually tendered his resignation on his own back on Aug. 7. His departure from the White House was scheduled to be announced earlier this week, reports state, but had been temporarily put on hold due to the events in Charlottesville.
ABC News reported that Bannon’s resignation would be effective Aug. 14, exactly one year after he officially joined Trump’s team.
“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,” said White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders in a statement to the media Friday.
Just days earlier, during his much-criticized news conference Tuesday in Trump Tower regarding infrastructure spending and the Charlottesville violence, Trump had offered up something of a defense of Bannon amid calls for him to be ousted, according to Breitbart.
“Look, I like Mr. Bannon. He is a friend of mine,” Trump said in response to questions about whether Bannon’s job was secure. “I like him. He is a good man. He is not a racist. I can tell you that. He is a good person. He actually gets a very unfair press in that regard.”
Pressed for more, Trump reminded reporters that he had won the Republican primaries without Bannon and would be capable of carrying on without him, if need be, but refused to signal one way or the other what his intentions were.
“We’ll see what happens with Mr. Bannon,” Trump said. “He is a good person and I think the press treats him frankly very unfairly.”
Indeed they have, and now they will proudly display his scalp as another victory over this weekend, no doubt to the despair of some of Trump’s populist base, where Bannon is popular.
Bannon was a key driver of the idea of “draining the swamp” as well as the “America First” brand of economic nationalism that Trump has touted to make the nation prosperous again.
Bannon was a combative populist on trade and immigration, but there is no doubt he propelled Trump’s candidacy. Bannon has certainly been the key liason between Trump and the conservative base. It will be interesting to see who will step into that role, as he will be sorely missed.
Steve Bannon returned home…back to Breitbart News, considered one of the most influential populist websites in the world.
“The populist-nationalist movement got a lot stronger today,” said Breitbart News Editor-in-Chief Alex Marlow.
“Breitbart gained an executive chairman with his finger on the pulse of the Trump agenda.”
Breitbart News CEO and President Larry Solov agreed.
“Breitbart’s pace of global expansion will only accelerate with Steve back,” said Solov. “The sky’s the limit.”
There is no doubt, Steve Bannon had an impressive run as President Trump’s top White House strategist.
Let’s hope the White House and President Trump continue on their path to #DrainTheSwamp.
Bannon is said to have recently met with Bob Mercer in a five-hour meeting to “prepare for war”. Looks like the two will have a well-funded show of force again, but this time Bannon will be working outside the White House. As Michael Buffer, the professional boxing ring announcer says….let’s get ready to rumble!
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