President Donald J Trump has made the decision to remove White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, the conservative media pro who helped to fuel his amazing rise to the presidency, The New York Times reported Friday.
President Trump and his top aides “were debating when and how to dismiss” Bannon, The New York Times noted.
President Donald J. Trump could decide to keep Steve Bannon on the job “for some time,” the liberal newspaper said on Friday.
Steve Bannon, who helped Breitbart News become a powerhouse in online media, helped lead Donald Trump to the White House with populist and nationalist ideas that left liberals in a tizzy.
However, Trump had reportedly grown increasingly angry with Steve Bannon and the chief strategist’s influence diminished.
A recent widely shared interview in which he contradicted Trump’s North Korea position and jabbed at colleagues may not have helped his cause with the president.
According to CNBC:
Bannon is considered influential in Trump’s proposals to overhaul free trade deals and crack down on immigration, among other policies. He also sought to reduce the government’s regulatory reach.
Bannon’s exit may mark a departure from some protectionist policies and actions some observers warned could escalate into a trade war with China. It is not clear how much influence Bannon really had on policy recently — Axios.com reported that a White House source said “he has no projects or responsibilities to hand off.”
His nationalist positions pitted him against other factions in the White House who held views on issues that aligned more with the mainstream pockets of the two major political parties.”
According to the former White House communications director, Anthony Scaramucci, Trump believes Bannon fueled some of the leaks designed to hurt White House colleagues.
Press coverage, including a Time magazine cover that featured what it called “the great manipulator” Bannon, also bothered Trump, according to the liberal-leaning website, Axios.com
Bannon’s departure is sure to make the Trump base of true conservatives uncomfortable.
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