Former White House strategist Stephen Bannon stepping down from Breitbart News

Former White House strategist Stephen Bannon stepping down from Breitbart News

Former White House strategist Stephen Bannon stepping down from Breitbart News

Stephen Bannon, President Donald Trump's chief strategist, has faced criticism for his background overseeing Breitbart News, with Democrats touting numerous racially tinged and misogynistic headlines that went up under his watch.

In the end, it was Bannon's need to appear powerful that led to his ouster from Breitbart, according to investigative reporter Dave Lindorff. The former Trump campaign chief and White House adviser is gearing up for his interview with House investigators next. Trump's improbable appointment of Bannon as chief executive officer of his campaign previous year transformed the obscure pundit overnight into one of the most powerful figures in American politics.

In the book, "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House", Bannon labeled the June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower, which Donald Trump Jr. attended, as "treasonous" and "unpatriotic".

Bannon, but the president refused to accept his mea culpa. The company announced it is ending its relationship with Bannon, stating its programing agreement is with Breitbart. The House committee had sent a letter to Bannon in late December requesting the interview, Bloomberg reported at the time.

Bannon liquidated his equity stake in the operation when he left for the White House, leaving him with a greatly diminished say in the matter.

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As Trump aides called him disloyal and disgraceful, the president branded his former chief strategist on Twitter as "Sloppy Steve", an apparent reference to Bannon's often unkempt appearance, and declared that "he lost his mind" when he was pushed out of the White House last August.

Trump replied to Bannon's comments with fury, saying "When he was sacked, he not only lost his job, he lost his mind".

On Monday, deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley said Bannon's apology did not alter his standing with the president.

But when it comes to the future of Breitbart, Lindorff believes Bannon's removal is going to do nothing but hurt the organization.

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