Steve Bannon, ousted from White House, says Trump presidency he helped build is 'over'

Steve Bannon, ousted from White House, says Trump presidency he helped build is 'over'
From Global News - August 18, 2017

Steve Bannon says his departure from the White House signals the end of the Trump presidency as many envisioned it.

In comments made to the Weekly Standard on Friday, President Donald Trumps former chief strategist lamented the death of the Trump presidency, while simultaneously vowing to revive it.

The Trump presidency that we fought for, and won, is over, Bannon proclaimed.

We still have a huge movement, and we will make something of this Trump presidency.But that presidency is over. Itll be something else. And therell be all kinds of fights, and therell be good days and bad days, but that presidency is over.

Bannon the Barbarian

Bannon, who has insisted that his departure from the Trump administration was voluntary, has returned to his previous role as executive chairman of right-wing media outlet Breitbart News.

He says his newly acquired insider knowledge of White House machinations will equip him to better leverage Breitbart News tocrush his political opponents.

READ MORE:Steve Bannon out as White House Chief Strategist, back at Breitbart

Ive got my hands back on my weapons. Someone said, its Bannon the Barbarian. I am definitely going to crush the opposition, he told the Weekly Standard.

I built a f***ing machine at Breitbart. And now Im about to go back, knowing what I know, and were about to rev that machine up.

Earlier, Bannon suggested to Bloomberg News that he didnt blame Trump as much as he did certain other influencers elsewhere in the American political landscape.

Im leaving the White House and going to war for Trump against his opponents on Capitol Hill, in the media, and in corporate America, he said.

A divisive figure

In his tenure as Trumps chief strategist, Bannon clashed with several high-profile administration figures, including Trumps son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner and National Economic Council director Gary Cohn, both of whom espoused more mainstream, business-friendly policies on trade, taxes and other issues.

Bannon has also been accused by some of promoting criticism of national security adviser H.R. McMaster.

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