"Steve Bannon and I. We both ended up pissing off a lot of people".
US President Donald Trump's former White House strategist Steve Bannon has stepped down from Breitbart News, the conservative news outlet announced Tuesday, amid controversy over his incendiary comments about the president quoted in a new book.
Stephen Miller described travelling with Trump during the campaign and seeing Trump adapt to breaking news: "I saw a man who was a political genius", Miller said. There were similar hopes last August when Trump's new Chief of Staff John Kelly forced Bannon to quit his official position as chief strategist. And so the coveted blue White House pass appeared.
His full-throated, unfailing support of Roy S. Moore in Alabama even after allegations surfaced that the former judge preyed on women as young as 14, ended in an embarrassing setback: Democrats took the Senate seat for the first time in a generation.
Rebecca Burgess, left, sells a copy of the book "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House" by Michael Wolff to Susan Vander Veer, from Peotone, Ill., at Barbara's Books Store, Friday, Jan. 5, 2018, in Chicago.
Bannon's public roasting isn't just fun.
At the GOP convention that nominated Trump, Bannon declared proudly that he had made Breitbart "the platform for the alt-right".
Consequently, the debate has circled back to the question of his mental health and his ability to discharge the duties of his office. On the contrary, he deserves our thanks for creating Trump's "emperor has no clothes" moment, even if this point should have been reached before, say, Nov. 8, 2016. Defending strategy of permanent tension, his stated goal was to end conservative establishment in Washington and return United States to "patriotic path".
Is that the best they've got?
But those projects might require fundraising and Bannon, through his falling-out with Trump, has alienated the billionaire Mercer clan, which would have been his most natural source of financial support. "But Bannon shifted the site in the opposite direction".
"Fox News will not be hiring Steve Bannon", a Fox News Channel spokesperson said in a statement first reported by The Wrap on Tuesday, and sent to TPM Wednesday. That alarms the president's handlers, who are asking if Trump can respond to written questions, or just avoid the interview all together.
Bannon was fired soon after Charlottesville.
Mr Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un have since traded threats of war and crude insults, as the North conducted nuclear and long-range missile tests. And that he only joined in the race for the mind-boggling publicity - and by extension commercial gain - that it could bring him and the Trump Organization. After the passage of the Republican tax bill last month, anonymous Bannon aides told Fox Business Network that their boss had helped to deliver a loophole that would save billions for private equity. "Let me send the message: stenographer is what you're supposed to be", he said. "It's very smart on his part".
Bannon issued a statement on Sunday in which he didn't specifically deny the comments or fully apologize for them. "This needs to move beyond talking heads and be met with action and discipline", Reed said.
But it's not working as well as it used to.