Allies of White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, who were intensifying their battle to oust National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster just two weeks ago – but now, it’s Bannon who has apparently been pushed out.
“White House chief of staff John Kelly and Steve Bannon have mutually agreed today would be Steve’s last day,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement on Friday. “We are grateful for his service and wish him the best.”
When Kelly was appointed to replace former chief of staff Reince Priebus, Bannon found himself facing off with a retired four-star general who had reportedly assured McMaster that he would not be forced out.
The tension rose further when the editorial board of the The Wall Street Journal, a conservative outlet, wrote an op-ed blaming Bannon for the “mini-drama” playing out between McMaster and Breitbart – the right-wing news outlet run by Bannon until he was hired as Trump’s chief strategist.
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