Of course, there has to be a big Friday surprise … Oh, hell, I hate it when news comes from Drudge …
President Trump’s chief strategist Stephen Bannon will leave the White House, according to reports on Friday.
In a rare tweet, the Drudge Report’s founder Matt Drudge announced that Bannon “had one hell of a run.” The news also topped the conservative aggregator’s site.
The New York Times then reported that Trump privately told aides he has decided to remove Bannon. He had not decided the timing, according to the report.
The reports comes as speculation has swirled that the controversial Bannon will exit the White House, following several high-profile staff changes among Trump’s senior staff.
Good heavens, they had to debate, if this guy was good for the administration?
President Trump has told senior aides that he has decided to remove Stephen K. Bannon, the embattled White House chief strategist who helped Mr. Trump win the 2016 election, according to two administration officials briefed on the discussion.
The president and senior White House officials were debating when and how to dismiss Mr. Bannon. The two administration officials cautioned that Mr. Trump is known to be averse to confrontation within his inner circle, and could decide to keep on Mr. Bannon for some time.
As of Friday morning, the two men were still discussing Mr. Bannon’s future, the officials said. A person close to Mr. Bannon insisted the parting of ways was his idea, and that he had submitted his resignation to the president on Aug. 7, to be announced at the start of this week, but the move was delayed after the racial unrest in Charlottesville, Va.
Mr. Bannon had clashed for months with other senior West Wing advisers and members of the president’s family.
But the loss of Mr. Bannon, the right-wing nationalist who helped propel some of Mr. Trump’s campaign promises into policy reality, raises the potential for the president to face criticism from the conservative news media base that supported him over the past year.
You know, if the folks in the White House think this is damage control of some sort, that has got be a special kind of stupid. Bannon’s interview with the American Prospect alone is just insane. Was he just TRYING to get fired? Here are a few quotes …
Ethno-nationalism — it’s losers. It’s a fringe element. I think the media plays it up too much, and we gotta help crush it, you know, uh, help crush it more. These guys are a collection of clowns,” Bannon told Kuttner — a cynical dismissal from the former editor of Breitbart news who last year gleefully described his media organization as “the platform for the alt-right,” that same “fringe” movement.
The Democrats — the longer they talk about identity politics, I got ’em. I want them to talk about racism every day,” Bannon said to Kuttner. “If the left is focused on race and identity, and we go with economic nationalism, we can crush the Democrats.
All I can gather is that Bannon is really in the Breitbart echo chamber.
You know, there are more people going out than are coming in to the administration.