Bannon Departs Breitbart

 David Catanese

Steve Bannon, the former White House chief strategist who fell out of favor with President Donald Trump over an explosive book detailing alleged White House dysfunction, is stepping down from the helm of Breitbart News Network, the alternative-conservative outlet that served as an ardent booster of the current administration.

Bannon's departure from Breitbart, where he served as executive chairman, marks a precipitous fall from power for a man who is credited as being the architect of the president's nationalist-populist agenda. Within a week of his relationship with the president rupturing, he also lost his main vehicle for advancing his political goals.

In a statement published on the Breitbart 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 added, "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."

Yet Bannon remains under a considerable cloud. Author Michael Wolff has said Bannon cooperated with him extensively for his book, "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House," and White House aides blame Bannon for the most damaging anecdotes.

Amid the backlash, Rebekah Mercer, who holds a minority interest in Breitbart News, told news outlets she did not support Bannon's recent actions and statements, foreshadowing his demise within the company.

Over the weekend, Bannon attempted to make amends by releasing a statement of regret, referencing both the president and his son, Donald Trump Jr. As quoted by Wolff, Bannon had suggested Trump Jr.'s meeting with a Russian lawyer and others during the 2016 presidential campaign was "treasonous" and "unpatriotic." In his weekend statement, Bannon said his comments were aimed instead at onetime Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort.

On Monday, deputy White House press secretary Hogan Gidley said he did not believe there was "any way" for Bannon to climb back into Trump's good graces.

A free agent, Bannon isn't likely to go away. But he now exists without a media platform to push his ideas, and lacks a significant base from which to promote his endorsed candidates.

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