Bannon steps down from Breitbart amid Trump row

Cheryl Sanders
January 13, 2018

Hansen, who describes himself as a "devout critic" of Trump and the president's former chief strategist, Steve Bannon, acknowledges that some would be amused "that someone like me was benefiting from something published with Bannon's help about Trump".

Steve Bannon was a "bad hire", fellow former White House staffer Anthony Scaramucci said Tuesday.

In the book, Bannon also said that President Trump had "lost his stuff".

Before joining the administration, Bannon was CEO of the Trump campaign, and his appointment as strategist and senior counselor to the president drew massive criticism because of Bannon's history of ultra-conservative views.

Speaking about the decision, Bannon said he is "proud of what the Breitbart team has accomplished in so short a period of time in building out a world-class news platform". Sirius said in a statement its programming agreement was with Breitbart, not with Bannon.

Excerpts from the book started surfacing last week and Trump and White House staffers spent most of last week denying most of Wolff's descriptions of an Oval Office in tumoil and a president coming unhinged.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said last Thursday that Breitbart should "look at and consider" cutting ties with Bannon. The author of the book, Michael Wolff, disputed Bannon's account.

Perhaps even more importantly to Bannon - who had expressed his own presidential hopes for 2020, and had reportedly been trying to court conservative backers - the comments upset some whom he might have hoped to get money from.

Trump replied to Bannon's comments with a statement savaging his former confidant.

"They're going to crack Don Junior like an egg on national TV", Mr Bannon is quoted as saying in the book as special prosecutor Robert Mueller carries on with the FBI investigation into alleged collusion between Russian officials and Trump campaign team members.

Bannon and Breitbart will work together on a smooth transition, a statement from the company's chief executive, Larry Solov, said. It has sparked outrage in Trump's camp, and the president's allies attacked the book in a round of television appearances Sunday.

"Steve Bannon has nothing to do with me or my Presidency".

But those projects might require fundraising and Bannon, through his falling-out with Trump, has alienated the billionaire Mercer clan, which would have been his most natural source of financial support.

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