Steve Bannon Parts Ways with Brietbart

By Melanie Arter | January 10, 2018 | 10:20 AM EST

Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon (Screenshot of C-SPAN video)

( – Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon has stepped down from Breitbart News, where he served as executive chairman since 2012, effective Tuesday after his falling out with President Donald Trump.

“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,” Bannon said in a statement.

“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,” Breitbart CEO Larry Solov said.

Bannon was fired from the White House in August, and returned to his duties at Breitbart. He stayed in contact with Trump as recently as early December, according to the White House. Their friendship ended however after criticized the president’s son in an interview with journalist Michael Wolff, author of the book, “Fire and Fury.”

Bannon said the June 2016 meeting between Donald Trump, Jr., and other top campaign officials and a group of Russians was “treasonous.”

As a result, the president issued a statement saying Bannon “not only lost his job, he lost his mind.”

Trump said Bannon does not represent the president’s base and was “only in it for himself.”

“Steve pretends to be at war with the media, which he calls the opposition party, yet he spent his time at the White House leaking false information to the media to make himself seem far more important than he was. It is the only thing he does well,” Trump said at the time.

Bannon’s departure from Brietbart also comes after the White House suggested that Brietbart consider parting ways with him.

When asked whether Breitbart should part ways with Bannon after his comments in the book, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said, “I certainly think that it's something they should look at and consider.”

Meanwhile, Fox News said Bannon will not be joining the network.

“Fox News will not be hiring Steve Bannon,” a network spokesperson said.


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