Bannon leaves Breitbart after 'Fire and Fury' furor


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Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon is quitting his role as executive chairman at Breitbart News after falling out with President Donald J. Trump over the controversial Fire and Fury book by journalist Michael Wolff. 

Breitbart announced Bannon’s resignation on its website, adding that it will work with Bannon on a “smooth transition.” He had served as the executive chairman since 2012, though he took leave to work on Trump’s campaign.

The announcement also quoted Breitbart’s chief executive Larry Solov, who said: “Steve is a valued part of our legacy, and we will always be grateful for his contributions and what he has helped us to accomplish.”

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Bannon infuriated the president after it was revealed in the book that he had criticized Trump and his family. Trump hit back at Bannon on Twitter, calling him “Sloppy Steve.”

“Steve Bannon has nothing to do with me or my presidency. When he was fired, he not only lost his job, he lost his mind,” Trump said in statement last week.

Rebekah Mercer, who co-owns Breitbart, publicly disavowed Bannon following his criticisms of Trump in a statement to the Washington Post.

“My family and I have 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,” Mercer said.

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