Steve Bannon, White House chief political strategist and adviser to President Donald Trump, was fired from his post Friday afternoon, according to the Drudge Report.
The political strategist reportedly submitted his resignation to the president on Aug. 7, The New York Times reports. While it was scheduled for Monday, Bannon’s resignation was delayed in the aftermath of the violent protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend. Trump and administration officials have been deliberating for some time as to when and how to release Bannon.
Bannon was one of the first people to jump on board the president’s political team when he announced his bid for the presidency in 2015. Rumors floated Thursday that Bannon might lose his job after the political strategist landed in hot water after The American Prospect released an article Wednesday in which Bannon made some unsavory comments regarding members of the administration.
Trump refused Tuesday at Trump Tower to say whether or not Bannon’s job was secure, but the president defended the political strategist as “not a racist.” The president told reporters that “we’ll see what happens with Mr. Bannon.”
White House chief of staff John Kelly and Bannon mutually agreed that Friday would be his last day serving in the Trump administration.
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