U.S. President Trump Dismisses Breitbart’s Bannon the Barbarian

U.S. President Trump dismisses Breitbart's Bannon the Barbarian who is probably author of controversial ban for refugees and people from Muslim countries entering the United States.
U.S. President Trump Dismisses Breitbart's Bannon the Barbarian
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U.S. President Trump dismisses Breitbart’s Bannon the Barbarian who promises war in print

On Friday, Steve Bannon joined communications director Anthony Scaramucci, press secretary Sean Spicer, chief of staff Reince Priebus, and National Security Adviser Michael Flynn on the list of United States President Donald Trump‘s former White House intimates. Bannon, who has returned to his work as chief of the conservative Breitbart News outlet, served as Trump’s chief strategist during the last year’s U.S. presidential race, continued as an advisor into the Trump presidency, and served on the National Security Council.

Reports differ on whether Bannon was fired or allowed to resign, but the official word from the White House is that the departure was voluntary. “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 told the press. “We are grateful for his service and wish him the best.” As Trump’s advisor, Bannon had taken part in the relaxing of industrial regulations and of the controversial ban of refugees and people from Muslim countries entering the United States.

The President commented via Twitter: “I want to thank Steve Bannon for his service. He came to the campaign during my run against Crooked Hillary Clinton – it was great! Thanks S.”

As of Friday evening, Bannon had already returned to serve as Breitbart’s executive chairman. “I’ve got my hands back on my weapons,” he said. “It’s Bannon the Barbarian.” He later added, in an interview with the Weekly Standard, “In many ways I think I can be more effective fighting from the outside for the agenda President Trump ran on. And anyone who stands in our way, we will go to war with.”

According to CNN, sources from inside the White House say that Bannon was offered the opportunity to resign but did not actually wish to leave. Reports differ as to the exact reasons for the dismissal. Bannon recently gave an interview with American Prospect in which he spoke against Trump’s position on North Korea. There are also rumors of conflicts with other members of President Trump’s inner circle. In the wake of the Charlottesville riots, former Speaker of the House Democrat Nancy Pelosi called on President Trump to fire Bannon, “If the president is sincere about rejecting white supremacists, he should remove all doubt by firing Steve Bannon and the other alt-right white supremacist sympathizers in the White House,” she said Monday.

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BBC reporter Anthony Zurcher hypothesizes that Bannon was too willing to publicly claim responsibility for Trump’s presidential win, among other problems: “Trump had reportedly grown weary of Mr Bannon taking credit for his victory and also saw him as a serial leaker of information to the press.”

NPR’s Domenico Montanaro expressed a similar view: “[F]or the many stories of palace intrigue in this White House, Trump is Trump. He makes the final call. No one is pulling his strings. And he wants everyone to know that.”

Bannon’s perceived influence on Trump has seen heavy coverage in the media. He was featured on the cover of Time Magazine under the headline “The Great Manipulator.” After a book about Bannon hit the shelves, Trump Tweeted: ‘I love reading about all of the “geniuses” who were so instrumental in my election success. Problem is, most don’t exist. #Fake News!’

The Breitbart news agency, which had over 17 million viewers in 2016, is the most widely read conservative news outlet in the United States. Bannon, one of its founding members, has described it as “a platform for the alt-right.” It has a history of aggression against liberal politicians, organizations and causes. Breitbart once posted a heavily edited video making it appear as though Shirley Sherrod of the United States Department of Agriculture was making racist comments. She was fired. The unedited video later showed she had been refuting racist comments. A similar highly edited video about the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now made it appear as though its members were teaching people how to establish brothels.

Shortly after Bannon’s departure from the White House, a headline appeared on Breitbart reading “WITH STEVE BANNON GONE, DONALD TRUMP RISKS BECOMING ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER 2.0.” Hours later, the site instead showed, “‘Populist Hero’ Stephen K. Bannon Returns Home to Breitbart.” Bannon was quick to clarify that he wished to go to war for Trump: “If there’s any confusion out there, let me clear it up: I’m leaving the White House and going to war for Trump against his opponents — on Capitol Hill, in the media, and in corporate America,” he told Bloomberg.

Bannon did say, however, that the original plans for his alliance with Trump will have to be changed. “We still have a huge movement, and we will make something of this Trump presidency,” he reported to The Weekly Standard. “But that presidency is over. It’ll be something else. And there’ll be all kinds of fights, and there’ll be good days and bad days, but that presidency is over.”

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