Far-right populist website Breitbart published an article saying that former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon has returned to the online publication as the company’s executive chairman. According to the same piece, Bannon chaired an editorial meeting on Friday evening.
Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon said “he can’t say” at the present time where he will go after leaving the White House.
But sources close to Bannon say there’s a good chance he’ll go back to Breitbart. Others have told Circa he may be in discussions with billionaire Bob Mercer, whose family donated to President Donald Trump’s campaign.
Bannon had predicted that he would only stay with the Trump administration for eight months to a year, and he seems to have stayed true to his word. Bannon joined the Trump campaign on Aug. 14.
White House chief strategist Steve Bannon on Friday confirmed to Circa Friday that he offered President Trump his resignation two weeks ago.
The New York Times reported that Trump has told senior aides that he has decided to remove Bannon, the former executive chairman of Breitbart News. Trump and senior White House officials were reportedly debating when and how to dismiss Bannon.
The two officials said that Trump is known to dislike confrontation within his inner circle, and could decide to keep Bannon on for some time.
The Times’ sources added that the two men were still discussing Bannon’s future as of Friday morning.
A person close to Bannon vowed the chief strategist’s departure was his idea, adding that he submitted his resignation to Trump on Aug. 7.
The announcement of Bannon’s resignation was reportedly delayed, however, following last weekend’s violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Drudge Report founder Matt Drudge on Friday seemingly foreshadowed Bannon’s departure before publishing a headline about it on his website.
Bannon had one hell of a run…
— MATT DRUDGE (@DRUDGE) August 18, 2017
Trump on Tuesday refused to guarantee Bannon’s job security amid reports of the chief strategist’s possible exit.
“We’ll see what happens with Mr. Bannon,” he said at Trump Tower in New York City.
Trump defended Bannon as “a friend” and “not a racist” during the conference, much of which dealt with the recent violence in Charlottesville.
White nationalists descended upon Charlottesville one week ago to protest the removal of a Confederate statue there.
One person died last Saturday when a car drove into a crowd of people demonstrating against the white nationalists.
Two Virginia State troopers were also killed the same day in a helicopter crash authorities linked to the unrest in Charlottesville.
The bloodshed renewed calls for Bannon’s ouster from his critics, who have accused him of encouraging white nationalism.
Bannon described Breitbart as the “platform for the alt-right” in 2016, referencing the controversial movement sometimes linked with white nationalism.
The American Spectator on Wednesday published a candid interview with Bannon that featured him claiming his rivals in Trump’s administration were “wetting themselves.”
“That’s a fight I fight every day here,” he said of internal struggles at the White House. “We’re still fighting.”
“There’s Treasury and [National Economic Council chair] Gary Cohn and Goldman Sachs lobbying,” Bannon continued.
“We gotta do this. The president’s default position is to do it, but the apparatus is going crazy. Don’t get me wrong. It’s like every day.”