After what has been the most chaotic week of President Trump’s freshman year in politics, he has now got another major shake up on his hands. Steve Bannon has reportedly turned in his resignation. Bannon is insisting that this was his idea, and not the President’s, but the move has been foretasted by many for weeks now.
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While news outlets like the New York Times are reporting the story, the White House has not made the news official. The date of Bannon’s departure is also unknown. Sources close to Bannon say he turned in his resignation on August 7th.
Earlier this week, the White House had been defending Bannon. Bannon gave a contentious interview that had many wondering about his role, but senior White House staff insisted his job was secure.
Yet Bannon’s criticism of Trump was growing. He was critical of the President’s response to Korea and insisted the U.S. had no viable plans for a military response. He also said we were engaged in an economic war with China, a comment that has strained relations with the country, just as China came on board to support sanctions against North Korea.
While Bannon is often celebrated publicly by the President, the behind the scenes relationship is more strained. The Daily Mail is reporting that Trump was furious that Bannon took credit for Trump’s election.
“That f***ing Steve Bannon [is] taking credit for my election,” Trump recently told a confidant.
If true, this would stand in stark contrast to the picture the President has painted publicly in the last week. “He is not a racist. I can tell you that. He is a good person. He actually gets a very unfair press in that regard,” Trump said about Bannon.
“We’ll see what happens with Mr. Bannon. He is a good person and I think the press treats him, frankly, very unfairly.”