Steve Bannon Resigns From Breitbart News Following Regret Over Trump Book Remarks

Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon has stepped down from Breitbart News after expressing regret over remarks made against Donald Trump published in a new book about the president.

Mr Bannon announced his resignation in a short article published on the website.

“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,” Mr Bannon said in the article.

Breitbart CEO Larry Solov wrote in the company’s Slack channels addressing staff that Mr Bannon “decided to step down from Breitbart News Network.”

“Steve is a valued part of our legacy, and we will always be grateful for his contributions, and what he helped us to accomplish,” he said.

“We will continue doing what we do as well as anybody in the world, and that is report the news.”

Mr Bannon was also fired by radio station Sirius XM, which carried a Breitbart-branded Bannon talk show he hosted.

It came after Mr Bannon criticised Mr Trump in author Michael Wolff’s book “Fire and Fury”, which included comments calling a meeting Donald Trump Jr, Paul Manafort and Jared Kushner had with a Russian lawyer during the 2016 presidential election “unpatriotic” and “treasonous”.

The comments drew the ire of the Mr Trump, who slammed the comments last week.

“Steve Bannon has nothing to do with me or my presidency,” Mr Trump said in a statement.

“When he was fired, he not only lost his job, he lost his mind.”

Mr Bannon was hired by the White House in November 2016 as Mr Trump’s chief strategist but was fired in August 2017.

He returned to Breitbart News as executive chairman after leaving the White House .

It is unknown what effect his departure will have on the publication.

 

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