Steve Bannon may be out of the Trump administration, but that doesn’t mean he’s out of the picture. Sources are now saying that the man who was tapped to the be President Donald Trump’s chief strategist will go “barbarian” now that he’s out of the White House — in a role with the magazine he helped bring to prominence.
Late Friday, Breitbart News announced that “(f)ormer White House Chief Strategist Stephen K. Bannon returned as Executive Chairman of Breitbart News Friday afternoon and chaired the company’s evening editorial meeting.”
“The populist-nationalist movement got a lot stronger today,” Breitbart Editor-in-Chief Alex Marlow is quoted in the announcement as saying. “Breitbart gained an executive chairman with his finger on the pulse of the Trump agenda.”
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Bannon originally took over the conservative news outlet after the death of its founder, Andrew Breitbart, back in March of 2012. During his tenure, the website took on a reputation as being a highly influential, albeit controversial, voice within the anti-establishment conservative community.
According to The Washington Times, Bannon was ousted by White House Chief of Staff John Kelly on Friday amid rumors that he had battled with White House insiders — particularly Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner and daughter Ivanka Trump — and criticism from lawmakers in the wake of the Charlottesville attack that the former Breitbart chief was too close to so-called “alt-right” and white nationalist groups.
“White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and Steve Bannon have mutually agreed today would be Steve’s last day,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told the press. “We are grateful for his service and wish him the best.”
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