- Donald Trump empowered his chief of staff, John F. Kelly, to fire Bannon
- Firing done in a bid to bring stability and stop White House infighting
- Steve Bannon was an architect of Trump's 2016 election victory
"I want to thank Steve Bannon for his service," Trump said in a morning tweet. "He came to the campaign during my run against Crooked Hillary Clinton - it was great! Thanks S"
Trump on Friday dismissed Bannon, an architect of his 2016 general-election victory and the champion of his nationalist impulses, in a major White House shake-up.
Administration officials said Trump empowered new chief of staff, John F. Kelly, to fire Bannon in an effort to tame warring factions and bring stability to a White House at risk of caving under its self-destructive tendencies.
Having departed the White House, Bannon is returning as executive chairman of Breitbart News, the pugilistic conservative website he helped guide before joining Trump's campaign last August, Breitbart announced Friday.
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