Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
World | By Paul Elliott

After Trump Spat, Steve Bannon Steps Down From Breitbart News

After Trump Spat, Steve Bannon Steps Down From Breitbart News

Breitbart News announced on Tuesday that Bannon would step down as the conservative outlet's executive chairman and would leave his radio program affiliated with Breitbart. "It wasn't just Bannon's quotes to Wolff, but how he mishandled the fallout". The NYT is reporting that Bannon was forced from his perch by Breitbart benefactor and Trump donor Rebekah Mercer after he was unable to quell the discontent over his comments about Trump's family.

Trump called Kim "Rocket Man" on a "suicide mission". "They didn't have any lawyers", Bannon apparently said at the time. "To reiterate, those comments were not aimed at Don Jr".

The comments were included in Wolff's recently released book, "Fire and Fury", which has caused a media firestorm for it's questionable claims about Trump's White House.

The move comes amid his confrontation with his former boss, Trump, over remarks he reportedly made about the President's son.

But the end of Bannon's tenure at Breitbart came amid tension between the White House and the former strategist who had fashioned himself as the general leading the rebellion against the GOP establishment on Trump's behalf. She and father Robert were originally responsible for bringing Bannon onto Trump's campaign team.

Inside The Trump White House paints Mr Trump as a leader who does not understand the weight of his office and whose competence is questioned by aides.

After Tuesday's inter-Korean talks, Trump said during a phone conversation with South Korean President Moon Jae-in that the United States was open to talks with North Korea "at the appropriate time, under the right circumstances", according to a White House statement.

"I've never seen a self-immolation like this", a longtime friend of Trump's said.

"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", Mr Bannon said.

It's not clear how Bannon would find such prominence again.

"Fire and Fury" was published Friday, days early by popular demand and despite Trump's attorneys sending the publishers a cease and desist letter.

Trouble may have been brewing between the two sides long before Wolff's book, however.

"'We were running a kind of happy cult when Andrew was in charge, and when Andrew died everyone had an incentive to spin what they thought he was up to", said one former employee.

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