Steve Bannon out as executive chairman at Breitbart News after Trump rebuke

Steve Bannon out as executive chairman at Breitbart News after Trump rebuke

In a book excerpt reported by The Guardian, author Michael Wolff dished about Bannon's reaction to the news that Donald Trump Jr. met with Russians in Trump Tower.

After days of keeping silent amid the uproar, Bannon tried to make amends. "I support President Trump and the platform upon which he was elected, " she wrote, adding that her family had "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".

Steve Bannon is leaving his post at Breitbart News under pressure after making derogatory comments about the president and his family in a new book.

No one has been more closely identified with the Breitbart website or had more to do with emboldening its defiant editorial spirit than Bannon did after its namesake, Andrew Breitbart, died of a heart attack in 2012.

As late as this weekend, Bannon continued to tell people that he planned to stay in charge at Breitbart and that he would keep his radio show. The company announced it is ending its relationship with Bannon, stating its programing agreement is with Breitbart.

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For his part, Bannon has collapsed like a house of cards, claiming his words were misunderstood, protesting his undying love for all things Trump and all but publicly grovelling at the feet of his former boss. But Bannon was marginalized in the months before his ouster over Trump's concerns that the top aide was being viewed as an Oval Office puppeteer.

NPD Bookscan announced on Wednesday that the book, which is filled with weird revelations about life in the Trump White House and has been challenged for its reliability, sold 29,000 copies last week, easily the top-selling book of the period. The White House admits that he had access to the Executive Mansion and journalists have corroborated his presence, so it must be assumed that Wolff was there with ears open, although quotes and points made here are not always attributed to testable sources. Wolff offered readers a scoop on what insiders in the US administration think about US President Donald Trump and his ability to manage the Land of the Free, while Hansen's book, titled "Fire and Fury: The Allied Bombing of Germany, 1942-1945", focused on the effects of carpet bombing in Germany.

He supported Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore in his primary fight against incumbent Luther Strange, who was backed by Trump and mainstream Republicans.

The book's popularity "foretells Trump's political demise", the article said.

Mr Bannon still stands by the remarks, but claims they were directed at then-campaign chairman Paul Manafort and not Donald Trump Jnr, whom he calls a "patriot and a good man".