President Trump’s former chief strategist Stephen Bannon has been thrust back into the spotlight over the past week due to some comments he made to the author of a controversial new book about the Trump administration. Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House author, Michael Wolff, quoted Bannon in his new book as saying disparaging remarks about President Trump and his family.
On Tuesday, Breitbart posted an article on their site announcing that current executive chairman Steve Bannon will be stepping down from his post. Bannon has reportedly resigned from his post as executive chairman of the publication just months after his return. The article on the site included a quote from Bannon explaining that he was “very proud” of his time at Breitbart and everything the team had accomplished while he was there.
Breitbart CEO Larry Solov reportedly confirmed the news of Bannon’s departure to employees with an internal memo, stating: “Steve Bannon has decided to step down from Breitbart News Network.” However, one Breitbart employee told CNN that everyone at the company “seems stunned” about Bannon’s abrupt departure. After all, Bannon just returned to the outlet after being ousted from the White House in August of last year.
But the news was not surprising to the owners and the board members of the publication. In fact, The Washington Post reports that Breitbart’s board members were already considering ousting Bannon after Rebekah Mercer, who owns a huge stake in Breitbart, publicly denounced Bannon and his actions in a statement last week.
Mercer told The Post, “My family and I have not communicated with Steve Bannon in many months and have provided no financial support to his political agenda, nor do we support his recent actions and statements.” Ouch! What will Bannon do next?