Steve Bannon, President Trump chief strategist, has left his post at the White House. Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed that Friday was his last day in harness. His departure comes after White House Chief of Staff John Kelly set about reviewing all positions at the White House. A former naval officer and head of Breitbart.com, Bannon was essential during Trump’s presidential campaign and formulating the president’s "America First". Some media reports suggest that he resigned his position two weeks ago.

Over the last month, which saw the departure of former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer and Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci, and the ascendancy of Kelly, Trump himself fuelled speculation when he answered "We'll see" when asked about Bannon’s tenure.
There is also speculation that Bannon’s interview this week with the American Prospect magazine, which Bannon claimed was off the record, reportedly infuriated Trump. In the interview, Bannon said that his colleagues at the White House “wet their pants” over Trump’s China trade policy, while he also claimed to have the power to fire officials at the State Department.

According to Sanders' statement: "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."

Recent White House personnel changes:

Anthony Scaramucci, communications director - 31 July
Reince Priebus, chief of staff - 28 July
Sean Spicer, press secretary - 21 July
James Comey, FBI director - 9 May
Michael Flynn, national security adviser, 14 February

 

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