President Trump has told senior aides that he has decided to remove Stephen K. Bannon, the embattled White House chief strategist who helped Mr. Trump win the 2016 election, according to two administration officials briefed on the discussion.
The president and senior White House officials were debating when and how to dismiss Mr. Bannon. The two administration officials cautioned that Mr. Trump is known to be averse to confrontation within his inner circle, and could decide to keep on Mr. Bannon for some time.
As of Friday morning, the two men were still discussing Mr. Bannon’s future, the officials said. A person close to Mr. Bannon insisted the parting of ways was his idea, and that he had submitted his resignation to the president on Aug. 7, to be announced at the start of this week, but it was delayed in the wake of the racial unrest in Charlottesville, Va.
Mr. Bannon had clashed for months with other senior West Wing advisers and members of the president’s family.
But the loss of Mr. Bannon, the right-wing nationalist who helped propel some of Mr. Trump’s campaign promises into policy reality, raises the potential for the president to face criticism from the conservative news media base that supported him over the past year.
This is an INCREDIBLY stupid move by Trump. The one thing Trump cannot afford to do is alienate his base.
You think he gives a fuck who he alienates? You haven’t been paying attention the last 20 years or so, have you? He got what (he thought) he wanted, and as far as he cares, you and the rest of “the base” can go fuck off.
And I can’t think of anything more surely guaranteed to alienate his base than dumping Bannon.
9 posted on 8/18/2017, 11:40:23 AM by TheConservator (“The worst form of inequality is to try to make unequal things equal.” — Aristotle)
To: Tea Party Terrorist
It was a great ride while it lasted.
12 posted on 8/18/2017, 11:41:08 AM by proust (Since a politician never believes what he says, he is quite surprised to be taken at his word.)
To: Tea Party Terrorist
If true, Trump is is cutting his own legs out from under himself.
Trump deserves whatever happens to him. He was warned about McMaster and the others but they stay and Bannon goes. I suddenly care a lot less about any of it. We almost had something, the moment he allowed the scorpions on his boat he was done. He needed to listen to his inauguration speech.
Of course. So the muzzie sympathizer POS McMaster stays and Bannon goes great just great. I could take Bannonn leaving if McMaster got kicked out too. There will be no wall or tax cuts. Say goodbye to your base.