Stephen Bannon, former senior advisor to President Trump, has stepped down from his position at Breitbart News after his explosive comments regarding President Trump, Donald Trump Jr., and other White House advisors surfaced in Michael Wolff’s “Fire and Fury.”
“I’m proud of what the Breitbart team has accomplished in so short a period of time in building out a world-class news platform,” said Bannon, pledging to “work together” to ensure an orderly transition at the online news powerhouse.
Bannon returned to Breitbart News during the summer of 2017 following his ouster from the Trump administration, vowing to “go to war” for President Trump and the populist agenda that swept him into the White House in the fall of 2016.
The former White House strategist came under fire from Trump aides and staffers after he referred to the June 2016 campaign meeting between Donald Trump, Jr., campaign Chairman Paul Manafort, Jared Kushner, and a Russian lawyer as “treasonous” and “unpatriotic.”
In response to Bannon’s allegations, the President said that when he “lost his job” at the White House, “he also lost his mind.”
Bannon attempted to backtrack days later, saying he “regrets” his comments; adding they were only intended for Paul Manafort, not the President’s eldest son.
BANNON BACKTRACKS: Former Trump Aide 'REGRETS' Donald Jr. Comments
Former White House official Steve Bannon expressed his “regret” over allegedly calling Donald Trump, Jr. “unpatriotic” and “treasonous” in a recent tabloid exposé; saying the President’s eldest son is “both a patriot and a good man.”
Bannon released an official statement to Axios after comments attributed to him were published in Michael Wolff’s “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” adding his “support is unwavering for the President and his agenda.”
“Donald Trump, Jr. is both a patriot and a good man,” writes Bannon. “He has been relentless in his advocacy for his father and the agenda that has helped turn our country around […] My comments about the meeting with Russian nationals came from my life experiences as a Naval officer stationed aboard a destroyer whose main mission was to hunt Soviet submarines.”
“My comments were aimed at Paul Manafort, a seasoned campaign professional with experience and knowledge of how the Russians operate,” he added. “He should have known they are duplicitous, cunning and not our friends. To reiterate, those comments were not aimed at Don Jr.”
Steve Bannon made national headlines earlier this month after excerpts from “Fire and Fury” made their way to the press.
The President immediately called-out Bannon for his hypocrisy, saying that when he lost his job at the White House “he also lost his mind.”