Published On: Sat, Aug 19th, 2017

Donald Trump’s former chief strategist 'going to war for President' after White House exit

Steve Bannon, who is credited with playing a major role in Mr Trump’s successful 2016 presidential campaign, announced his return as executive chairman to the right wing website Breitbart.

Mr Bannon said: “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.”

A source who was present told Bloomberg that Mr Bannon called on his Breitbart team to “hunker down” and “work like never before” to advance conservative causes.

Speaking to the US media, Mr Bannon added: “The Trump presidency that we fought for, and won, is over.

“We still have a huge movement, and we will make something of this Trump presidency. 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.”

The controversial adviser, mutually agreed with White House chief of staff John Kelly to leave his role yesterday.

An official statement said: “White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and Steve Bannon have mutually agreed today would be Steve’s last day.

“We are grateful for his service and wish him the best.”

Joel Pollack, Breitbart’s editor at large, tweeted a one-word response to Mr Bannon’s departure: “War”

Former Trump adviser Sam Nunberg said: “Steve played an integral part in the president’s journey to the White House.

“Steve went into the White House and didn’t betray his values, worked every day to advance the agenda that the president was elected on. Trump’s voters may get upset that America’s not being made great again. We’ll find out.”

During his time as Mr Trump’s campaign manager in 2016 the combative strategist was described as “the most dangerous political operative in America”.

Mr Bannon recently came under fire for an interview in which he seemed to contradict the President on several fronts, including Mr Trump’s recent threats to North Korea promising “fire and fury”.

In the interview, he said there wasn’t actually a military option for pushing back on North Korea.

Nigel Farage tweeted: “Very sorry to see my friend Steve Bannon go. His political brain will be hard to replace.”

The US President was reportedly fearful of dismissing Mr Bannon in case he “weaponised” him by removing any controls he had on his actions and comments.

Chris Ruddy, the CEO of Newsmax Media and a frequent confidant of the president, said: “Trump is not getting good advice from the people that are around him” in the aftermath of the president’s comments on the violence in Charlottesville.

“Whoever is advising him that now is the time to argue in favour of Confederate monuments, is not giving him good advice.”

Regarding the move back to Breitbart, Mr Ruddy said: “Steve is a media guy. He thrives on it and has done very well in it. I assume he’ll be back in some role at Breitbart and using that as a platform for radio or television.”

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