Steve Bannon, the former Donald Trump campaign CEO who spent six months working in the White House and returned to his old life at the helm of Breitbart News in August, is stepping down from his position as the conservative website’s executive chairman.
The New York Times reported Tuesday on the departure of the outspoken ideologue whom Trump re-branded as ‘Sloppy Steve’ following the publication of a loosely reported tell-all book last week.
A source close to Bannon confirmed that his departure was the product of a revolt on the publication’s board of directors, led by longtime financier and donor Rebekah Mercer.
Trump has given no quarter in his caustic regard for Bannon following the release of Michael Wolff’s ‘Fire and Fury.’
He tweeted last week that the political gossip tome is ‘full of lies, misrepresentations and sources that don’t exist.’
‘Look at this guy’s past and watch what happens to him and Sloppy Steve!’
Bannon brought Wolff into the White House and persuaded an unknown number of administration officials to cooperate with him.
And Bannon himself spoke harshly of Trump and his son Donald Jr. in the book, at one point calling the younger Trump ‘treasonous’ for holding a campaign-year meeting that included a Russian lawyer.
Bannon issued a quasi-apology on Sunday, telling the Axios news website that he supports Trump and his agenda.
‘I regret that my delay in responding to the inaccurate reporting regarding Don Jr. has diverted attention from the president’s historical accomplishments in the first year of his presidency,’ he said.
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Source: Daily Mail