Steve Bannon is stepping down from his position as executive chairman of Breitbart News, according to an announcement posted by the company Tuesday.
His remarks about President Trump and the Trump family in the newly released book by Michael Wolff, “Fire & Fury,” caused friction with the Mercer family, who are Breitbart stockholders. The New York Times reported that Bannon was forced out by Rebekah Mercer.
Two and a half months before the 2016 presidential election, Bannon was appointed as chief executive of the Trump campaign, and went on to serve as Trump’s chief strategist until he was fired eight months later.
Breitbart News posted the following announcement on their website Tuesday afternoon:
Stephen K. Bannon has stepped down from Breitbart News Network, where he served as Executive Chairman since 2012.
Bannon and Breitbart will work together on a smooth and orderly transition.
Bannon said, “I’m proud of what the Breitbart team has accomplished in so short a period of time in building out a world-class news platform.”
According to Breitbart CEO Larry Solov, “Steve is a valued part of our legacy, and we will always be grateful for his contributions, and what he has helped us to accomplish.”
“Steve is a valued part of our legacy, and we will always be grateful for his contributions, and what he has helped us to accomplish.” https://t.co/iIfyufkbua
— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) January 9, 2018