Steve Bannon resigns from Breitbart
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Steve Bannon resigns from Breitbart

January 9, 2018

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On Tuesday, former White House advisor Stephen K. Bannon resigned as executive chairman of Breitbart News Network. A Breitbart statement said, “Bannon and Breitbart will work together on a smooth and orderly transition.” Bannon’s resignation came after Michael Wolff’s book “Fire and Fury” was released this week, which attributes disparaging remarks to Bannon about members of U.S. President Donald Trump’s family.

In a statement on Breitbart’s website, Bannon said, “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.” Breitbart CEO Larry Solov 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.”

In Wolff’s book, Bannon is quoted as saying he thought a meeting during the campaign between Trump’s son, Donald Trump Jr., his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and Russian representatives, was “treasonous” and “unpatriotic.” After the media published these quotes, U.S. President Donald Trump issued a statement in which he said, “Steve Bannon has nothing to do with me or my Presidency.”

Bannon became executive chairman at Breitbart in 2012. Bannon left Breitbart after he joined Trump’s presidential campaign in August 2016. After Trump was elected, he became a White House advisor. Bannon resigned from the Trump administration and returned to Breitbart in August 2017.

Sources: Breitbart, Fox News, The New York Times, The Washington Post