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Steve Bannon fired as Trump White House’s top strategist

Steve Bannon fired as Trump White House’s top strategist

White House Chief Strategist, Steve Bannon, is the latest top aide of President Donald Trump to leave his post.

Press Secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, confirmed that Friday was his last day. His exit follows a review of his position by White House Chief of Staff John Kelly.

Mr Bannon, a right-wing nationalist and former head of Breitbart.com, helped shape the “America First” message of Mr Trump’s election campaign but critics had accused the 63-year-old of harbouring anti-Semitic and white supremacist views.

Mr Trump raised eyebrows earlier this year when he elevated Mr Bannon to the National Security Council, the main group advising the president on national security and foreign affairs.

But Mr Bannon was subsequently removed from the council in a move that was seen as a sign of National Security Adviser HR McMaster’s growing influence over the president.

The two men have since been locked in a behind-the-scenes power struggle, according to US media reports.

Mr Bannon’s firing will be seen as a win for Chief of Staff John Kelly, whose attempts to instil discipline in the White House will get a boost without the free-wheeling Mr Bannon roaming the hallways.

Mr Trump fuelled speculation when asked last week about Mr Bannon’s future as he replied: “We’ll see.”

Mr Bannon’s interview this week with the American Prospect, a liberal magazine, reportedly infuriated the president.

The White House aide was quoted as dismissing the idea of a military solution in North Korea, undercutting Mr Trump.

He told the magazine the US was “at economic war with China” and that he aimed to push out moderates whom he believed were soft on China.

Mr Bannon told associates he thought it was an off-the-record chat and didn’t realise he would be quoted.

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