Late this week, President Donald Trump began telling senior staffers and outside confidants that he intended to sack Steve Bannon, the nationalist firebrand and White House chief strategist who helped steer Trump’s chaotic presidential campaign to victory.
Two Trump administration officials told The Daily Beast on Friday that the president has said that he wanted Bannon “out” and “gone” this week.
On Friday afternoon, they made it official, with chief of staff John Kelly informing Bannon of the change in direction.
senior WH official on effect of Bannon's departure: "Not much. Most people wondered what he did beside leak in unending defense of himself"— John Harwood (@JohnJHarwood) August 18, 2017
In 2012, Donald Trump offered these musings on White House personnel changes. pic.twitter.com/sTcEtfOtMu— Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) August 18, 2017
If you're interested, I speak about my years of covering Bannon in this @FrontlinePBS documentary. https://t.co/5qgSapa5ox— Robert Costa (@costareports) August 18, 2017