Bannon Ousted From The White House

Tyler Durden's picture

Confirming earlier reports from Matt Drudge and the NYT, on Friday afternoon the White House confirmed that Trump decided to push out his chief strategist, and the man who according to many got him elected, Stephen Bannon.

“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,” the White House said in an emailed statement.

And so, Trump's chief strategist Steve Bannon, the "nationalist firebrand" who helped to fuel Donald Trump's dizzying rise to the presidency, is leaving the administration.

Before Bannon, Trump already fired two other aides who helped him win the White House — Reince Priebus and Michael Flynn — but the departure of Bannon, the former head of Breitbart News, is perhaps the most significant change yet.

Reporting on the departure, the NYT says that Trump has decided to remove Bannon, and he and top aides "were debating when and how to dismiss" the strategist. Ultimately, Bannon was fired, although there was some confusion:  "A person close to Bannon" said the chief strategist first decided to leave, according to the Times, having submitted his resignation on August 7, but the announcement was delayed after violence at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend, the newspaper reported.

Trump hinted that Bannon was on his way out on Tuesday, when during a press conference he was asked by a reporter if he still had confidence in his chief strategist: "We'll see what happens with Mr. Bannon," Trump responded, adding that while he believes he is a "good person," Bannon "came on very late" to the campaign.

On Friday, Bannon did not attend a national security meeting on Afghanistan with Trump at Camp David Friday, even though he had been involved in the debate over troop levels. Increasingly isolated by the "Goldman" wing, Bannon had few allies left in the White House following the departure of Priebus as chief of staff. The two men had formed a strategic partnership out of political convenience but had become genuine allies.

His departure could be another sign that new chief of staff John Kelly has broad authority to clean house in a West Wing that has been hobbled by infighting and leaks.

Bannon’s worldview is at odds with many of Trump’s senior aides, and he clashed with the president’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn and national security adviser H.R. McMaster. Their feuds would often spill into the press, exacerbating tensions in the White House. And with Priebus gone, Bannon was at the mercy of Kelly, a retired Marine general who has been running a tight ship and is eager to rid the White House of drama.

Additionally, Bannon became a political liability in the wake of the Charlottesville protests, when Democrats cast Bannon, who once described Breitbart as “the platform for the alt-right,” as one of the “racists in the White House.” Pressure had been growing on Trump to cut ties with his nationalist wing, which also includes advisers Sebastian Gorka and Stephen Miller. Even some Republicans called for Bannon to go, calling him a divisive figure who had muddied the president’s authority on international issues

As the Post writes, while Bannon had been on the outs with Trump before, the president suspected Bannon was one of the main leakers in the administration, trashing his colleagues in the press.

The notoriously thin-skinned president also resented the publicity Bannon had been getting as the supposed mastermind of Trump’s campaign and upset victory. One White House source told Axios, “His departure may seem turbulent in the media, but inside it will be very smooth. He has no projects or responsibilities to hand off.”

Bannon in recent days gave interviews to publications including the New York Times in which he defended Trump’s controversial comments in the wake of the racial violence in Charlottesville, Va., last weekend.

The biggest risk for Trump is that Bannon is the biggest conduit to Trump’s conservative base. His departure could and likely will provoke a backlash among Trump’s core supporters, who are fearful that the president is now being advised by liberals and who they refer to as “globalists,” like Cohn, Kushner and McMaster. Breitbart News has been hammering McMaster in particular, who in recent weeks successfully rid the National Security Council of several of Bannon’s allies, according to the HIll.

“Steve’s allies in the populist nationalist movement are ready to ride to the gates of hell with him against the West Wing Democrats and globalists like [national security aide] Dina Powell, Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner, Gary Cohn and H.R. McMaster,” said one Bannon ally.

 

“They should all be very worried that they’re efforts to undermine the president will be exposed. If they think what’s happened with Steve is rough, wait until they see what he does outside the White House.”

Speaking to the Post, a source close to Bannon added: “This week is a good window into what Bannon outside the [White House] would look like: A strong defense of POTUS and ‘fire and fury’ for enemies of the Trump agenda. Get ready for Bannon the barbarian.”

Finally, with the ouster of Bannon, the list of high-ranking personnel fired by Trump rises to 13:

  • Sally Yates, the acting attorney general and an appointee of former President Barack Obama, was fired by Trump just ten days after he assumed office. Yates had refused to uphold the Trump administration’s controversial travel ban in January.
  • Michael Flynn resigned in February after serving in the position for less than a month. Flynn misled Vice President Mike Pence and other administration officials about the contents of his phone conversations with Sergey Kislyak, Russia’s ambassador to the US. Flynn reportedly discussed the Obama administration’s sanctions against Russia with Kislyak prior to Trump assuming office.
  • Katie Walsh, the former deputy chief of staff and close ally to chief of staff Reince Priebus left the White House just nine weeks into the job to run America First, a pro-Trump group outside of the government.
  • Preet Bharara, the former US Attorney for the Southern District of Manhattan and ‘Sheriff’ of Wall Street, was fired by Trump in March after Bharara refused to submit a resignation letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
  • James Comey, the former FBI durector, was fired by Trump in May.
  • Michael Dubke, the former White House communications director, resigned in May. Dubke was replaced by Anthony Scaramucci, the founder of a hedge fund and a top Trump donor. Scaramucci was fired after just 10 days on the job (see below).
  • Walter Shaub, the former director of the Office of Government Ethics, resigned earlier this month after clashing with the White House over Trump’s complicated financial holdings. Shaub called Trump’s administration a “laughingstock,” following his resignation, and advocated for strengthening the US’s ethical and financial disclosure rules, per The New York Times.
  • Mark Corralo, spokesman for President Donald Trump's legal team, resigned on July 20 within two months of being on the job.
  • Sean Spicer, the embattled former White House press secretary, resigned on July 21 after telling Trump he vehemently disagreed with the selection of Anthony Scaramucci as White House communications director.
  • Micheal Short, the former White House press aide, resigned the same day as Spicer, after Scaramucci revealed plans to fire him.
  • Reince Priebus, the former White House chief-of-staff, resigned just six months into his tenure after a public feud with Anthony Scaramucci, the White House communications director.
  • Anthony Scaramucci, who "resigned" as the new White House Communications Director on July 31, after just 10 days on the job.
  • Steve Bannon, Trump's chief strategist, who first resigned on August 7 and was then fired by the White House on August 18.
     

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Earlier:

The final nails were just hammered into the coffin of Steve Bannon's White House stay.

After earlier headlines that a decision is imminent, none other than Matt Drudge has taken to his personal Twitter account - a very unusual act - to seemingly bid Bannon farewell...

The Durdge Report reports:

  • SENIOR ADVISOR MOVING ON AFTER IMPRESSIVE RUN, THE DRUDGE REPORT HAS LEARNED...
  • POPULIST HERO MAY RETURN TO BREITBART...

The New York Times, which promptly followed, reports that while Bannon submitted his resignation on August 7, there is still a chance that Trump could reverse course and "keep Bannon"

President Trump has told senior aides that he has decided to remove Stephen K. Bannon, the embattled White House chief strategist who helped Mr. Trump win the 2016 election, according to two administration officials briefed on the discussion.

 

The president and senior White House officials were debating when and how to dismiss Mr. Bannon. The two administration officials cautioned that Mr. Trump is known to be averse to confrontation within his inner circle, and could decide to keep on Mr. Bannon for some time.

 

As of Friday morning, the two men were still discussing Mr. Bannon’s future, the officials said. A person close to Mr. Bannon insisted the parting of ways was his idea, and that he had submitted his resignation to the president on Aug. 7, to be announced at the start of this week, but it was delayed in the wake of the racial unrest in Charlottesville, Va.

Bannon’s termination follows Bannon's "off the record" Wednesday interview with the progressive publication The American Prospect. In it, Bannon mockingly played down the American military threat to North Korea as nonsensical: “Until somebody solves the part of the equation that shows me that ten million people in Seoul don’t die in the first 30 minutes from conventional weapons, I don’t know what you’re talking about, there’s no military solution here, they got us.”

He also bad-mouthed his colleagues in the Trump administration, vowed to oust a female diplomat at the State Department and mocked officials as “wetting themselves” over the consequences of radically changing trade policy.

 

Of the far right, he said, “These guys are a collection of clowns,” and he called it a “fringe element” of “losers.” “We gotta help crush it,” he said in the interview.

While Bannon was instrumental in getting Trump elected, their alliance ruptured as Trump elevated the roles of Gary D. Cohn, his top economic policy adviser and a former official at Goldman Sachs, and Dina Powell, a former Bush administration official who also worked on Wall Street. Cohn is a registered Democrat, and both he and Ms. Powell have been denounced by conservative media outlets as being antithetical to Trump’s populist message.

Cohn is a registered Democrat, and both he and Ms. Powell have been denounced by conservative media outlets as being antithetical to Mr. Trump’s populist message.

And so, Goldman wins again, or as Breitbart will put it: Globalist 1 - 0 Nationalist.

Markets love it, with the Dow reversing all of its earlier losses, up 32 at last check.

What happens next is unknown but as Axios said earlier, once freed from the White House, one Bannon friend warned: "Get ready for Bannon the barbarian."

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Rick Cerone's picture

FORGETABOUTIT..........

BullyBearish's picture

if he goes and cohn stays...chalk up another one for the squid...

yomutti2's picture

Yeah, because racist alcoholics are just the thing a successful White House needs?

 

BaBaBouy's picture

Disgusting Move ...

Thump should pack it in, He's lost his Base .....

It's Overrrr Folks...

GOLD dump says it all.

Hilliry Camp Is Dancing Circles...

FreeShitter's picture

Jews always win in a centralized environment...do your part to decentralize.

InjectTheVenom's picture

ok...so , now what ?!

by the way...when do we start building that WALL  ?!?!

MAGA

Billy the Poet's picture

Next up, Don Jr. Will Trump throw him under the bus too?

bigdumbnugly's picture

can only hope the globalists play as well with the lead as the Falcons

 

JSBach1's picture

Yet the cretaures of the swamp remain warm and cozy...

Life of Illusion's picture

 

 

Gary "GOLD" Cohn calling the shots now!

wow golds cheap load up

FKostanza's picture

Love it! Fuck that piece of shit Bannon, now he can go back to living in his bottle.

ne-tiger's picture

Good for him. Now he has plenty of time to manage his racist redneck site.

Chupacabra-322's picture

The Blow Back the Pure Evil Deep State is about to receive will be their Epic demise.

Take it to them Bannon.

We have your back.

ne-tiger's picture

Bannon will just drink to unconsciousness everyday as a pleasure and revenge.

The Cooler King's picture

MAGA has now offically morphed into:

 

"1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 Schlemiel! Schlimazel! Hasenpfeffer Incorporated!"

 

just in time for the Rosh Hashana ~ Yom Kippur break & the solar eclipse & all that. 

 

How prophetic!

 

In about 2,000 years, some rabbi is gonna make a lot of sheckels off of this after society collapses and the next generation of blood suckers hypnotizes the world by Hebrew prophecy.

jeff montanye's picture

well, how about now using the information below to enlighten the sheeple about the real nature of the drama provocateur that just played out in charlottesville?  why people are so resistant to learning that they are being lied to in more sophisticated, story like ways than they expect is hard to understand, given the history of this century.  and the one before it.  and the one before that . . . .

remember the maine!

https://www.reddit.com/r/AskHistorians/comments/1jcgo1/what_really_happe...

but don't forget charlottesville:

http://www.whatdoesitmean.com/index2359.htm

https://vultureofcritique.wordpress.com/2017/08/17/brennan-gilmore-tom-p...

http://yournewswire.com/charlottesville-inside-job/

TheLastMan's picture

Good links.

"Sometimes people don't want to hear the truth because they don't want their illusions destroyed"

- Friedrich Nietzsche

moimeme's picture

"The Goldman wing" is CODE for "The Jewish Wing"

The Cooler King's picture

Trumps daughter, 'sugartits', is probably at temple as we speak, &, egged on by equally resoulute HUBBY, praying for peace & equality amongst & between overpriced fashion design garment buyers, so I'll wait until tomorrow to hear the OFFICIAL version on all of this...

froze25's picture

The leftist morons that actually have their hearts in the right place are in for a rude awakening. Bannon was probably the only thing standing between the US and the rest of the world for that matter from starting WW3 that the Globalist (McCain/Hillary) have been trying so desperately to start. The Blood is on your hands. If you have kids around 16 - 25, women are included now in the draft. When the shit starts, Get them out of the country. The reason I say 16 is because this war will go for more than 2 years and the death toll will be horrible.

chubbar's picture

The quote from Bannon about 10 million dead in SOK was right on, only the fucking neocons on the left and right were offended by him speaking the truth. This is a step towards war. Trump is completely without a compass now, it's over.

BarkingCat's picture

Trump showed his willingness to go to war without any reason when he attacked that Syrian air base.

Planet Israel's picture

Its far worse than that.  Bannon has been thrown under the bus along with all the deplorables (now known as KKK and Nazis).  Trump has now alienated the last vestiges of his base, he will have only have a sliver of support when the impeachment proceedings start, asuming he lives that long.

Far more important is that charlottsville represents the end of polite velvet glove warfare where the communists stop bothering to pretend that they are bound by any constitution or morality and use the steel fist.  They are going to use the power of the state to go after and impoverish and jail any opposition.  Tea Party supporters were already exposed and registered by the IRS in the 2012 election fraud, and they have been building their opposition databases ever since. 

I found this evidence of their mobilization interesting:

"Following the lead of Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Google, Go Daddy and others, Apple CEO Tim Cook pledged $1m donations to the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) and the Anti-Defamation League and sent a strongly worded memo to staff, quoting Martin Luther King, about the violence in Charlottesville on Saturday...

Apple also pledged to match two-for-one employee donations to human rights groups until 30 September, and said it would roll out donation systems for the SPLC through its iTunes store.

"

lew1024's picture

If Trump can't win the bureaucratic games in the White House, surrounded by 'his people', we do not have a chance of defeating the Deep State short of another revolution.

George Webb and Crowdsourcethetruth on Youtube for some hints as to how deep the corruption goes.

There is far more than enough evidence to arrest the Clintons and their entire Neocon crime cabal, including Patraeus and the many filiments of the Deep State. Everyone associated with DynCorp. All of the 9-11 perps. They will hang, that is what is driving all this hatred of Trump and anyone outside of their control.

Awan Brothers covers a ton of Deep State corruption, mechanisms of funding and controlling the corruption.

Bannon being out means we are one more step down the road to another revolution. This is not a civil war coming, it is a revolution, an overthrow of a corrupt government.

 

TheObsoleteMan's picture

BINGO! Give that man a prize. This was NEVER  going to get fixed with a fucking election, if you thought that, your a moron. Old Enoch was right; "I SEE RIVERS OF BLOOD".

geno-econ's picture

Timing of revolution has little to do with Bannon, more to do with when daddy and grand daddy run out of savings, pensions are reneged, retail and other  jobs disappear completely, social security checks cease, stock market collapses, inflation takes off, Trump declares a Royal family Monarchy, Israel annexes the Unitrd States, China embargoes trade with U.S., derivatives implode, debt ceiling not increased or some other Black Swan.  Significance of Nationalist movement is that middle America is watching and waiting for a catalyst or event sparking a revolution which is why Washington, MIC,FED and Congress are nervous as never before.  Bannon could well become a leader in waiting of the Nationalist movement. However, weakness of any real Nationalist movement is a new socio/economic philosophy that would capture the imagination  of the masses---currently it is only an opposition movement without a better alternative.  It is also Trumps weakness.

sleigher's picture

This is Trump making a huge mistake.  Well, a mistake if his perceived intentions are true.

Lorca's Novena's picture

You do know that 'site' is owned and operated by the (((tribe))) r-right?

Conscious Reviver's picture

The best way to control the opposition is to own it.  - V. I. Lennin I think.

farflungstar's picture

I know. Reporting accurately on violent black criminal thugs instead of covering it up or making excuses for it is so racist. 

Yukon Cornholius's picture

One thing is for certain, both games are rigged and run by (((the team))).

As for bannon...He's as swampy as they get...Harvard, GS, Navy Intelligence. A globalist by another name.

ne-tiger's picture

But he's THE hero of racist rednecks here!

Bay of Pigs's picture

Stick a gun in your mouth and pull the trigger please.

froze25's picture

Why would the Globalist hate him with such un-hidden passion then? Why would they not want him in the white house then?

Yukon Cornholius's picture

Narcissists hate competition.

chubbar's picture

Throw away line, not good enough to really explain it which means you don't have a clue.

Yukon Cornholius's picture

So other than the FACT that Bannon was educated in Globalist/communist institutions, spent his entire career working for and with globalists/communists and has presented no ideas to the contrary of his upbringing, beyond citing Howe & Strauss once in a while, he's definitely a guy who has America's best interests at heart, is that it? 

Good goy. Keep the (((Faith)))

Teja's picture

Narcissists hate competition.

Precisely the point. Sad that ideologues won't understand that even if "their leaders" may pretend to think like their followers, they are still humans, with all their psychological problems, probably more so than others which enabled them to become "leaders" in the first place.

Psychopaths and narcissists are often to be found at the top levels of society.

TheReplacement's picture

Can you think of a better way to provide the opposition's leader with bonafides so you can control them too?

I'm not saying that is the case or not.  I do not know.  All I know is that if I were a treacherous snake in satan's service that is just about exactly what I would do.

Syrin's picture

Trump is Robb Stark. His failure to remove all swamp creatures from day 1, and surround him with America loving people completely loyal to him was his undoing. Anyone think he can recover?

JSBach1's picture

Trump just keeps shooting himself in the foot...what shortsightedness.

chubbar's picture

Trump doesn't have the sack to actually do the job. He needs to fire every motherfucker that he knows isn't on his side, quit surrounding himself with either yes men or enemy combatants and start making the hard decisions. Instead, he's been trying to appease the deep state and libtards. Fuck them, neither of those groups gives a shit about the US and is only working for themselves. Trump has killed his chances at draining the swamp because he has been talked out of being bold enough in his actions!

Rufus Temblor's picture

Excellent analysis Chubbar.  Trump has the balls to get elected but not to do what's right for the country.  He's way too egocentric.  He cares what scumbags like Gary Cohn think of him.  Didn't Cohn call him a racist in the last few days.  WTF is Trump waiting for?  Cohn calls him a racist and doesn't get fired?  Is the Don taking it up the Jared?  Who knows.

TheObsoleteMan's picture

The time for that is long past. It's too late. In case you haven't noticed, everybody is jumping off of the Titanic {Trump administration}. We will have President Mike Pence in less than six months. Trump will make a deal with Mueller {the deep state} to resign and in return they will leave him alone. I don't think they will keep their part of the deal. Their not going to be satisfied until he is locked away in Leavenworth.

TheReplacement's picture

Trump is the only one responsible for bringing the snakes onto the plane.  If the snakes bite him and swallow him then he deserves it, many times over, for taking the rest of us down with him.