Rotating siren news about former Breitbart chairman and nationalist White House adviser Steve Bannon, who has close ties to the white supremacist movement responsible for last week's violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, emerged moments ago from the Drudge Report:
But then Jake Tapper at CNN said it wasn't actually clear where things stood:
Source close to Bannon: he's prepared to continue fighting for POTUS's agenda inside or outside; doesn't know what decision has been made.— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) August 18, 2017
Maggie Haberman of the New York Times seemed to have it confirmed:
Bannon going - admin officials say it was Trump, people close to Bannon insist he resigned. https://t.co/XuOvPjZN37— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) August 18, 2017
But then ... what?
Let's just assume that "Steve Bannon no longer works at the White House" is an appropriate takeaway from all that given that rumors of his imminent departure had been reported by Axios earlier Friday. The Axios report and a just-published New York Times article list a number of reasons why Bannon has lost favor with Trump: He argues too much with National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, he maintains a high profile in the media that makes Trump jealous, he advocates a populist economic policy that's at odds with the trickle-down conservatism of other advisers, Jared Kushner thinks he's too much of a hard-liner, and so forth. You'll note that nowhere among those reasons are "he's the country's leading enabler of the white supremacist movement," but that's Trump for you. In any case, the white supremacists will now have to make do with the 1 billion other connections they have to the administration.
Gabriel Sherman of New York magazine reports that Bannon is expected to return to Breitbart. You haven't heard the last from Steve Bannon (about what crimes immigrants and black people are doing), America!
Update, 1:25 p.m.:
Bannon friend says Breitbart ramping up for war against Trump. "It's now a Democrat White House," source says.— Gabriel Sherman (@gabrielsherman) August 18, 2017
This should be fun! ("Fun.")