Steve Bannon is leaving his post as senior adviser on Friday, according to the White House, ending a turbulent tenure for the anti-immigration advocate and economic nationalist who clashed other advisers since the beginning of President Trump’s term.
“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,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement.
The news of Bannon’s removal comes after days of intense pressure to remove him from his White House after clashes between white supremacists and counter-protesters in Charlottesville, and just two days after the volatile senior adviser gave an extraordinary interview in which he attacked colleagues and undercut administration positions on China and North Korea.
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President Trump swore in his new chief of staff, John F. Kelly, on Monday morning, formalizing a shake-up in his top ranks that was announced Friday evening with word of the resignation of Reince Priebus.
“We look forward to – if it’s possible – an even better job as chief of staff,” Trump said to Kelly, formerly the secretary of homeland security.
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9:30 am: Participates in the swearing-in of White House Chief of Staff John Kelly
10:00 am: Leads a Cabinet meeting
11:30 am: Meets with U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman
1:30 pm: Meets with Secretary of State Tillerson
3:00 pm: Presents the Medal of Honor
President Donald Trump had dinner Saturday at Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C. with retired Gen. John Kelly, just one day after the White House announced that the outgoing Secretary of Homeland Security would replace Reince Preibus as the White House chief of staff.
Joining Trump and Kelly at the hotel — located less than a mile from The White House — was Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin and Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross. Also present were Mnuchin’s wife, Scottish actress Louise Linton, and Ross’ wife, Hilary Geary.
The president arrived at the luxury hotel around 8 p.m., and left after about two hours. Once inside the hotel, he was met by a throng of people snapping photos of him on their smartphones. As he departed the hotel, Trump waved to onlookers, many of whom cheered.
Social media users inside the hotel posted photos of the presidential posse sitting in a banquette at the property’s steakhouse, BLT Prime by David Burke. In one photo, Trump is seated next to Kelly and Linton.
Prior to arriving at the hotel, Mnuchin, Ross and their wives were spotted at the South Portico of the White House waiting for the president.
–ABC News, David Caplan
10:00 am: Receives his daily intelligence briefing
10:45 am: Leads a “strategic and policy” CEO discussion; White House State Department Library
2:00 pm: Meets with Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly
4:00 pm: Meets with National Security Advisor LTG H.R. McMaster and National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn
6:30 pm: Has a working dinner with senior military leaders; State Dining Room
President Donald Trump summoned Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly to the White House Tuesday to review options for dealing with court rulings that put a hold on an executive order restricting immigration and travel to the U.S.
White House press secretary Sean Spicer said the president and the cabinet secretaries are continuing discussions about the next steps for the White House in response to setbacks in federal courts to implementing restrictions that Trump has called essential to U.S. national security.
The Justice Department is expected to inform the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday whether it wants more judges to review a ruling halting implementation of a ban on travel to the U.S. by citizens of seven majority-Muslim countries.
Trump said Friday he may issue a revised executive order, but no decision has been made. The White House also said it was weighing whether to pursue an appeal with the U.S. Supreme Court.
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10:30 am: Participates in a parent-teacher conference listening session; Roosevelt Room
11:30 am: Speaks with British Prime Minister May
12:30 pm: Lunch with Governor and Mrs. Chris Christie; Presidential Dining Room
2:00 pm: Signs H.J. Res 41, which disapproves a rule mandated by the Dodd-Frank legislation
4:00 pm: Meets with Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly and Attorney General Jeff Sessions