Bannon Loses Breitbart Job, and Trump Loses Bannon?

Former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon at CPAC 2017 February 24th 2017 Photo Credit: Michael Vadon
Former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon at CPAC 2017 February 24th 2017 Photo Credit: Michael Vadon

The U.S. President Donald Trump’s ex-chief strategist and the most trusted adviser Steve Bannon has stepped down from Breitbart News organization. Breitbart is a right-wing news organization where Steve Bannon built his reputation through a massive campaign for Donald Trump and the right-wing groups.

Steve Bannon, whom his former boss President Trump recently called ‘Sloppy Steve’, resigned from his position at Breitbart after his criticism about Donald Trump’s son came to light. He has been reported describing the meeting between the Russian lawyer and Donald Trump Jr in New York as ‘treasonous’.

Good terms between President Trump and Steve Bannon hit the lowest abyss after Michael Wolff’s book “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House” came on the surface. Mr. Wolff said he took around 200 interviews with people surrounding President Trump. Steve Bannon was caught in the row saying Trump’s son meeting with the Russian lawyer as treasonous.

Read More: Bannon Out: What It Means for Team Trump?

President Trump has been very critical of the book ever since it turned into the talk of the country. He described the accounts of the book as lies. But Steve Bannon’s remarks among many other controversial things said about Trump in the book was different for Trump.  Mr. Trump posted several tweets regarding the Bannon fact.

President Trump said in his first tweet describing Bannon as Sloppy Steve, “I authorized Zero access to White House (actually turned him down many times) for author of phony book! I never spoke to him for book. Full of lies, misrepresentations, and sources that don’t exist. Look at this guy’s past and watch what happens to him and Sloppy Steve!”

He goes on saying that Steve Bannon cried and begged for his job when he was fired from his position as the chief strategist. “Michael Wolff is a total loser who made up stories in order to sell this really boring and untruthful book. He used Sloppy Steve Bannon, who cried when he got fired and begged for his job. Now Sloppy Steve has been dumped like a dog by almost everyone,” President Trump said.

Mr. Bannon took time to respond, though. He praised Donald Trump Jr in a late statement saying “Donald Trump, Jr. is both a patriot and a good man. He has been relentless in his advocacy for his father and the agenda that has helped turn our country around.”

Mr. Bannon, about his ‘treasonous’ comment, said, “My comments were aimed at Paul Manafort, a seasoned campaign professional with experience and knowledge of how the Russians operate. He should have known they are duplicitous, cunning and not our friends. To reiterate, those comments were not aimed at Don Jr.”

His statement, however, didn’t suffice. Things happened exactly the way Trump said, “watch what happens to him and Sloppy Steve.”  Steve Bannon has been serving as the executive chairman of Breitbart since 2012. Breitbart turned into a ‘much talked about’ right-wing News organization under Bannon’s leadership.

Michael Wolff soundly portrayed Bannon’s contribution to Breitbart in his book. “Ailes’s Fox News, with its $1.5 billion in annual profits, had dominated Republican politics for two decades. Now Bannon’s Breitbart News, with its mere $1.5 million in annual profits, was claiming that role.” But Bannon had to go.

Breitbart said in a statement, “Bannon and Breitbart will work together on a smooth and orderly transition.” It quoted Bannon as saying, “I’m proud of what the Breitbart team has accomplished in so short a period of time in building out a world-class news platform.”

The statement also quoted Breitbart CEO Larry Solov saying, “Steve is a valued part of our legacy, and we will always be grateful for his contributions, and what he has helped us to accomplish.”

Steve Bannon’s fall from President Trump’s good book probably costs Donald Trump more than what it costs for Bannon himself. Bannon has been his most trusted defender even after he was fired from his position at the White House. Bannon declared to continue working for Trump’s agenda and got back to Breitbart.

Steve Bannon championed in defending the U.S. President. “Everything I have to say about the ridiculous nature of the Russian ‘collusion’ investigation I said on my 60 Minutes interview. There was no collusion and the investigation is a witch hunt,” Steve Bannon, Donald Trump’s former aide said in a statement apologizing his delay to respond to comments attributed to him that were critical of Donald Trump Jr. in “Fire and Fury”.  

His adieu from Breitbart and an apparent end of good terms between Trump and Bannon will leave the U.S. President lonelier as Robert Mueller is pretty much breathing on his neck with the Russian election-meddling probe.

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Masum Billah is a Staff Writer for The GeoStrategists. A Graduate from the Department of International Relations at the University of Dhaka, Masum Billah is a human rights activist. He writes columns on human rights, foreign policy, and terrorism.
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