After falling out with President Trump over comments he made to the journalist Michael Wolff, Steve Bannon is leaving Breitbart News.
The news was originally reported by The New York Times.
Breitbart London editor Raheem Kassam, a close ally of Bannon’s, confirmed Bannon’s departure in a text message on Tuesday.
Breitbart itself announced the news on its website on Tuesday afternoon, including a statement from Bannon: “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.” In the announcement, Breitbart’s CEO Larry Solov is quoted as saying: “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.” Breitbart staffers were not given a heads up before the news was announced, according to two sources.
Bannon, who helped make Breitbart an influential outlet on the right, was also CEO of Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign during the general election and helped define the candidate’s populist, nationalist message. After leaving the White House, Bannon sought to leverage that success into an effort to push the Republican Party to the right by endorsing primary challenges to candidates he saw as too moderate or tied to the party establishment. Bannon cultivated an image as Trump’s true link to his base and enjoyed a reputation as one of the most powerful people in the White House; a Time cover from last year called him “The Great Manipulator” and asked, “Is Steve Bannon the second most powerful man in the world?”