Donald Trump dumps controversial chief strategist Steve Bannon
- Donald Trump dumps controversial chief strategist Steve Bannon
Steve Bannon's firing, a year and a day after Trump hired him as his campaign chief, put an abrupt end to the rabble-rousing political provocateur's tumultuous tenure in a White HouseCritics had accused Steve Bannon of harboring anti-Semitic and white nationalist sentiments. (Source: AP Photo/File) Related News
- Citing Donald Trumpâs remarks, entire presidentâs arts council quits
- Donald Trump m akes no decision on Afghanistan strategy
- Need to stop âradical Islamic terrorismâ: Donald Trump
President Donald Trump on Friday fired his chief strategist Steve Bannon in the latest White House shake-up, removing a far-right architect of his 2016 election victory and a driving force behind his nationalist and anti-globalization agenda.
Bannonâs firing, a year and a day after Trump hired him as his campaign chief, put an abrupt end to the rabble-rousing political provocateurâs tumultuous tenure in a White House riven with rivalries and back-stabbing during which he clashed with more-moderate factions.
He was instru mental in some of Trumpâs most contentious policy moves including the ban on people from several Muslim-majority countries, abandoning the Paris climate accord, tearing up international trade agreements and cracking down on illegal immigration. He was no friend of the Republican political establishment and was loathed by liberals but was a darling of some of the presidentâs hard-line conservative supporters.
White House officials said Trump had told new Chief of Staff John Kelly to crack down on the bickering and infighting, and that Bannonâs fate was sealed by comments published on Wednesday in the American Prospect liberal magazine in which he spoke of targeting his adversaries within the administration.
Trump, seven months into his presidency, has become increasingly isolated over his comments following white supremacist violence in the Virginia college town of Charlottesville last Saturday and his attacks on fellow Republicans. Some Republicans had even begun questioning Trumpâs capacity to govern. As Trump came under fire from Republicans including two former presidents, and from business leaders and US allies abroad, he faced mounting calls for Bannonâs ouster. Critics had accused Bannon of harboring anti-Semitic and white nationalist sentiments. âWhite House Chief of Staff John Kelly and Steve Bannon have mutually agreed today would be Steveâs last day,â White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said in a statement.
Bannon returned to his post as executive chairman of right-wing Breitbart News on Friday afternoon, the website said. Prior to joining the Trump campaign, he had spearheaded Breitbartâs shift into a forum for the âalt-right,â a loose online confederation of neo-Nazis, white supremacists and anti-Semites.
Bannon said his departure from the White House signals a major shift for the Trump agenda. âThe Trump presidency that we fought for, and won, is over,â Bannon told the conservative Weekly Sta ndard. âI just think his ability to get anything done â" particularly the bigger things, like the wall, the bigger, broader things that we fought for, itâs just gonna be that much harder,â Bannon said.
He said he would use Breitbart to attack opponents of the populist and nationalist agenda he championed, including establishment Republicans. âI am definitely going to crush the opposition,â Bannon said. He became the latest key figure to abruptly depart a Trump White House that has been chaotic from its first days and already has lost a chief of staff, a national security adviser, two communications directors and a chief spokesman.
Trumpâs presidency also has been dogged by ongoing investigations in Congress and a special counsel named by the Justice Department into potential collusion between his presidential campaign and Russia, something both Trump and Moscow deny. Bannon, 63, is a former US Navy officer, Goldman Sachs investment banker and Hollywood mov ie producer.
He had been in a precarious position before but Trump opted to keep him, in part because he had played a major role in Trumpâs November 2016 election victory over Democrat Hillary Clinton and was backed by many of the presidentâs most loyal rank-and-file supporters. Democrats cheered Bannonâs departure.
âSteve Bannonâs firing is welcome news,â said Nancy Pelosi, the top House of Representatives Democrat. âThe Trump Administration must not only purge itself of the remaining white supremacists on staff, but abandon the bigoted ideology that clearly governs its decisions.â
Wall Street indexes and the US dollar ended a volatile session lower after a week of drama in Washington intensified doubts about Trumpâs ability to deliver on policy objectives such as tax cuts. After a late-morning boost following reports of Bannonâs ouster, the dollar and US equities lost ground. Bannon felt a close ideolog ical connection to Trumpâs populist tendencies and âAmerica Firstâ message. Like Trump, he has also expressed deep skepticism concerning ongoing American military involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The decision to fire Bannon could undermine Trumpâs support among far-right voters but might ease tensions within the White House and with party leaders. Republicans control the White House and both chambers of Congress but have been unable to pass major legislative goals including a healthcare overhaul.
Trump ran into trouble after saying anti-racism demonstrators in Charlottesville were as responsible for the violence as the neo-Nazis and white supremacists who instigated the protests, and that there were âvery fine peopleâ among both groups. Those remarks sparked rebukes from fellow Republicans, top corporate executives and some close allies.
Bannonâs departure removes a large source of friction on the White House staff, but does not herald a signif icant shift by Trump toward the center on major policy issues, three administration officials said. âA good deal of what was attributed to Bannon, for example on China trade and restricting immigration, and the border wall, all came before Bannon joined the campaign and would have happened without him,â said one White House official, speaking on the condition of anonymity.
Bannon has been a hawk on China, urging a tougher line on trade to correct a huge trade imbalance and dismissive of recent efforts to try to elicit Beijingâs help to rein in North Korea. In his comments to American Prospect, Bannon said the United States was in an economic war with China.
A second official said the biggest winners from Bannonâs departure are national security adviser H.R. McMaster; Gary Cohn, Trumpâs chief economic adviser; and Trumpâs daughter Ivanka and her husband, Jared Kushner. Bannonâs departure cast a cloud over the future of the group of allies he had brought in to the White House, such as Sebastian Gorka.
Some conservative activists expressed disappointment in Bannonâs ouster. Republicans were largely quiet, though moderate Republican congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen said she was glad Bannon was out but that the administration âmust work to build bridges, not destroy them.â
By the time Trump had hired Bannon as campaign manager, the real estate magnate had already vanquished his Republican opponents for the partyâs presidential nomination. Asked about Bannon on Tuesday, Trump called him âa friend of mineâ but downplayed his contribution to his election victory.
âMr. Bannon came on very late. You know that. I went through 17 senators, governors and I won all the primaries. Mr. Bannon came on very much later than that. And I like him. He is a good man. He is not a racist,â Trump said.
For all the latest World News, download Indian Express AppMore Related News
- Trump defends Confederate statues, berates his critics
- Charlottesville incident: âDonald Trump failed at the simplest of political testsâ
- Aishwarya Rai Bachchan's shimmer gown is a beauty but she manages to ruin the look; here's how
- Barcelona terror attack LIVE: Anti-Islam protests near Las Ramblas lead to violence, riot police in action
- Amit Shah resigns as MLA, says Congress will be reduced to half in next polls
- Reliance JioPhone: Hereâs how to pre-register the 4G feature phone via SMS
- How a Bihar NGO siphoned off crores in govt funds under govt nose â" with some help
- BusinessInfosys war out in open, CEO Vishal Sikka quits, board blames Murthy
- China hasnât shared monsoon river data: India
- OpinionUP CMâs encouragement of religious displays in police stations is troubling
- OpinionCelebratory lights of the first I-Day were extinguished by darkness of Partition
- EntertainmentBareilly Ki Barfi movie review: This Rajkummar Rao, Ayushmann Khurrana and Kriti Sanon film works in fits and starts
- EntertainmentBhoomi song Trippy Trippy: Is this Sunny Leone's sleaziest dance number?
- EntertainmentWatch: Salman drools over the customised Ferrari of a super-rich Dubai kid
- TrendingVIDEO: Jon Snow touched Drogon, and turned into a dragon? See Khaleesi's reaction
- TrendingVIDEO: This couple stole a doorbell, which happened to be a CAMERA recording them
- Will take over 449 schools only as last resort: Arvind Kejriwal
- LifestyleHelp my only child survive!
- Barcelona terror attack LIVE: Anti-Islam protests near Las Ramblas lead to violence, riot police in action
- BusinessArtificial Intelligence & robotics: Will exit affect Infyâs tech edge?
- Sports Cook hits double before West Indies resistance
- SportsI never felt Kumble was strict: Saha
- Chitrangada Singh, Kalki Koechlin, Radhika Apte turn showstoppers on Day 3 of LFW Winter/Festive 2017
- LifestyleAishwarya Rai Bachchan's shimmer gown is a beauty but she manages to ruin the look; here's how
- TechnologyReliance JioPhone: Hereâs how to pre-r egister the 4G feature phone via SMS
- TechnologyNokia 8 vs Samsung Galaxy S8+ vs Apple iPhone 7 Plus vs OnePlus 5: Battle of the premium smartphones
- Charlottesville Mayor says Lee statue must go as debate over US slave past rages
- Venezuelaâs constituent assembly assumes power to legislate
- Venezuelaâs sacked attorney general is in Colombia, authorities say
- Donald Trump makes no decision on Afghanistan strategy
- Barcelona terror attack: Spanish plan for carnage started with botched explosion
Relatives sold 16-year-old for Rs 5 lakh: Omani sheikh lured teen with videos of Burj Khalifa, malls,......
70 years of Independence: How Communists kept pestering the British throughout the freedom struggle...
Watched âAnnabelle: Creationâ yet? The horror flick is making Twitteratiâs blood run cold...
Aishwarya Rai Bachchanâs shimmer gown is a beauty but she manages to ruin the look; h ereâs how...
Photos: Ashmit Patel and Maheck Chahal get engaged...
WATCH: This little kid canât figure out what this Fatherâs Day gift is, and we LOVE it...