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Trump's lawyer 'paid $130,000 to ex-porn star just before 2016 election to buy her silence on claims she had sexual encounter with the president when they met at a celebrity golf tournament'

'Steve Bannon not only lost his job, he lost his mind': Trump rains fire and fury as ex-aide claims there is 'zero chance' Don Jr didn't introduce Russians to his father {VIDEO} Trump's lawyer paid ex-porn star $130,000 in 2016

President Donald Trump's lawyer paid off an ex-porn star who allegedly had a sexual encounter with the billionaire a decade before a month prior to the 2016 election, a report on Friday revealed.

The Wall Street Journal says that Trump's personal attorney, Michael Cohen, arranged for Stephanie Clifford, whose stage name was Stormy Daniels, to be paid $130,000 in October of 2016 so that she would keep quiet.

According to the Journal, Trump, 71, and Clifford, 38, met at a celebrity golf tournament in July of 2006. The Lake Tahoe event is where the sexual encounter is said to have taken place.

President Donald Trump's lawyer paid off an ex-porn star who allegedly had a sexual encounter with the billionaire a decade before a month prior to the 2016 election, a report on Friday revealed
President Donald Trump's lawyer paid off an ex-porn star who allegedly had a sexual encounter with the billionaire a decade before a month prior to the 2016 election, a report on Friday revealed
Trump's alleged tete-a-tete with Daniels is not synonymous with the sexual harassment allegations that have been dogging the president. Their encounter is said to have been consenual

Trump's alleged tete-a-tete with Daniels is not synonymous with the sexual harassment allegations that have been dogging the president. Their encounter is said to have been consenual

Adult film actress Stormy Daniels presents a creation by Junker Designs during a fashion show debuting the company's new collection at the Rainbow Bar & Grill as part of the MAGIC convention August 28, 2006 in Las Vegas, Nevada

Adult film actress Stormy Daniels presents a creation by Junker Designs during a fashion show debuting the company's new collection at the Rainbow Bar & Grill as part of the MAGIC convention August 28, 2006 in Las Vegas, Nevada

 People familiar with the matter said that Michael Cohenm the longtime head of the Trump Organization's legal department, worked out a nondisclosure agreement with Clifford's attorney

The future president was already married to his third wife, Melania Trump, the current first lady of the United States, at the time of the reported rendezvous. The couple wed in 2005. 

People familiar with the matter told the Journal that Cohen, the longtime head of the Trump Organization's legal department, worked out a nondisclosure agreement with Clifford's attorney. 

Cohen did not comment on the $130,000 when asked about the payoff, the Journal says. Instead, the Trump lawyer replied, President Trump once again vehemently denies any such occurrence as has Ms. Daniels.'

'This is now the second time that you are raising outlandish allegations against my client. You have attempted to perpetuate this false narrative for over a year; a narrative that has been consistently denied by all parties since at least 2011,' he said.

The Journal had previously reported that Daniels had been in talks with Good Morning America in 2016 to make an appearance. 

The White House told the news publication: ''These are old, recycled reports, which were published and strongly denied prior to the election.'

Trump's alleged tete-a-tete with Daniels is not synonymous with the sexual harassment allegations that have been dogging the president. Their encounter was said by the Journal to have been consensual.

The check to the former adult film star that the Journal revealed landed just as Trump was being lambasted in the press for his claim on a 2005 tape that because he was a star he could grab women 'by the p***y' with no recourse.

Prior to winning the presidency, Trump sat atop the Trump Organization. The real estate mogul was also the star of 'The Apprentice' and 'The Celebrity Apprentice.' 

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Email prank suggests Bannon wants to oust ‘evil’ Ivanka, Jared Kushner

Trump rains fire on Bannon after he trashes Don Jr.

  • Former chief White House strategist Steve Bannon has condemned a June 2016 meeting with Russians in Trump Tower
  • Three top Trump campaign officials went under the offer of dirt on Hillary Clinton
  • Said it was 'treasonous' and they should have called the FBI
  • He said there was 'zero chance' Donald Trump would not have been made aware
  • White House unloaded on Bannon for leaking false information to serve himself 
  • Trump: 'Steve Bannon has nothing to do with me or my presidency'
  • Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, and Paul Manafort all attended the meeting
  • Bannon's views are included in new book by Michael Wolff
  • Claims Mueller is going after money laundering charges 

Former White House strategist Stephen Bannon has termed a June 2016 meeting between Trump campaign officials and Russians 'treasonous' in a forthcoming book about the Trump White House
The White House's full-scale attack on Bannon, who was once one of Trump's top advisers, was ripe with personal slights, exposing a dramatic rift between the president and the conservative provocateur who is also the Breitbart News executive chairman.

It followed Bannon's comments undercutting the president's eldest son and a suggestion that Donald Trump was involved in the 2016 meeting with a Kremlin-linked Russian lawyer that Bannon is now quoted as saying should have been reported to the FBI.

'Steve was a staffer who worked for me after I had already won the nomination by defeating seventeen candidates, often described as the most talented field ever assembled in the Republican Party,' Trump said. 'Now that he is on his own, Steve is learning that winning isn't as easy as I make it look.' 

Trump said Bannon 'doesn't represent my base, he's only in it for himself' and 'had very little to do' with his victory, but 'everything to do' with the loss of the Alabama Senate seat. 

The cutting statement went on to say, 'Steve pretends to be at war with the media, which he calls the opposition party, yet he spent his time at the White House leaking false information to the media to make himself seem far more important than he was.' 

Bannon backed losing candidate Roy Moore, who Trump ultimately campaigned for in the special election after claiming the Republican would have a tough time winning the general election and endorsing his primary opponent. 

Sanders said Wednesday that the loss contributed to the falling out between the president, who last spoke to Bannon sometime in early December.

Accusing the president's son of treason is also not a way to 'curry favor' with Trump, she stated, calling the allegation 'ridiculous.' 

'I think there are a number of factors that played in,' 'I would certainly think that going after the president's son and an absolutely outrageous and unprecedented way, is probably not the best way to curry favor with anybody.'

Steve Bannon, chairman of Breitbart News Network LLC, speaks during a campaign rally for Roy Moore, Republican candidate for U.S. Senate from Alabama

Steve Bannon, chairman of Breitbart News Network LLC, speaks during a campaign rally for Roy Moore, Republican candidate for U.S. Senate from Alabama

After the press briefing former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, whose wife Callista is U.S. ambassador to the Vatican, walked through a press work space on his way to a Fox News interview.

'Bannon has no contingent,' he told DailyMail.com and another reporter ripping into the former White House aide. 'There's a Trump wing of the Republican Party. There's not a Bannon wing.' 

The White House had also rejected the notion that feud would weaken Trump's base.

'The base and the people that supported this president supported the president and supported his agenda, those things haven't changed,' Sanders said at her briefing. 'The president still exactly who he was yesterday as he was two years ago when he started out on the campaign trail.' 

Trump's spokeswoman said, 'Look at all he's accomplished, I think they're pretty happy with where he is.'

President Trump had also sought to discredit Bannon, considered to have a played a key role in shaping his own victory.

'Steve was rarely in a one-on-one meeting with me and only pretends to have had influence to fool a few people with no access and no clue, whom he helped write phony books,' the president said.

Trump Jr. also hit back at Bannon after taking fire throughout passages in the book.

'Steve had the honor of working in the White House & serving the country,' Trump wrote on Twitter. 'Unfortunately, he squandered that privilege & turned that opportunity into a nightmare of backstabbing, harassing, leaking, lying & undermining the President. Steve is not a strategist, he is an opportunist.'

The blast came just hours after Bannon was revealed to have called the infamous June 2016 meeting between top Trump campaign officials and Russians 'treasonous.'

Further, Bannon expressed certainty that then-candidate Donald Trump would have been made aware of the meeting at the time – a claim that, if verified, could play into a collusion narrative being explored by special counsel Robert Mueller.

Trump said Bannon 'spent his time at the White House leaking false information to the media to make himself seem far more important than he was'

Trump said Bannon 'spent his time at the White House leaking false information to the media to make himself seem far more important than he was'

Bannon, who held a top role in the campaign, shares his disdain in Michael Wolff's forthcoming book, excerpts of which were published Wednesday, that other top officials went into the Trump Tower meeting blind instead of dispatching a legal team to vet information in a hand-off way and failing to alert authorities of a possible crime.

'Even if you thought that this was not treasonous, or unpatriotic, or bad s***, and I happen to think it’s all of that, you should have called the FBI immediately,' Bannon mused.

He went after Donald Trump Jr. explicitly for participating, then expressed certainty about what happened next.

'The chance that Don Jr. did not walk these Jumos up to his father's office of the 26th floor is zero,' Bannon said, in an excerpt from 'Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House.'

SEAT OF POWER: 'Steve was rarely in a one-on-one meeting with me and only pretends to have had influence to fool a few people with no access and no clue, whom he helped write phony books,' said Trump

SEAT OF POWER: 'Steve was rarely in a one-on-one meeting with me and only pretends to have had influence to fool a few people with no access and no clue, whom he helped write phony books,' said Trump

White House Director of Strategic Communications Hope Hicks (L) and former Chief Strategist Steve Bannon (R) walk to board Marine One as US President Donald Trump departs the White House for Harrisburg, Pensylvannia

White House Director of Strategic Communications Hope Hicks (L) and former Chief Strategist Steve Bannon (R) walk to board Marine One as US President Donald Trump departs the White House for Harrisburg, Pensylvannia

TRUMP'S STATEMENT TORCHING BANNON

The following is a 'Statement from the President of the United States' released by the White House:

Steve Bannon has nothing to do with me or my Presidency. When he was fired, he not only lost his job, he lost his mind. Steve was a staffer who worked for me after I had already won the nomination by defeating seventeen candidates, often described as the most talented field ever assembled in the Republican party.

Now that he is on his own, Steve is learning that winning isn't as easy as I make it look. Steve had very little to do with our historic victory, which was delivered by the forgotten men and women of this country. Yet Steve had everything to do with the loss of a Senate seat in Alabama held for more than thirty years by Republicans. Steve doesn't represent my base—he's only in it for himself.

Steve pretends to be at war with the media, which he calls the opposition party, yet he spent his time at the White House leaking false information to the media to make himself seem far more important than he was. It is the only thing he does well. Steve was rarely in a one-on-one meeting with me and only pretends to have had influence to fool a few people with no access and no clue, whom he helped write phony books.

We have many great Republican members of Congress and candidates who are very supportive of the Make America Great Again agenda. Like me, they love the United States of America and are helping to finally take our country back and build it up, rather than simply seeking to burn it all down.'The three senior guys in the campaign thought it was a good idea to meet with a foreign government inside Trump Tower in the conference room on the 25th floor – with no lawyers. They didn't have any lawyers,' Bannon vented in excerpts in the book obtained by the Guardian

The White House issued a separate statement from Sanders before her daily news conference trashing the expose.

'This book is filled with false and misleading accounts from individuals who have no access or influence with the White House,' Sanders said.

'Participating in a book that can only be described as trashy tabloid fiction exposes their sad desperate attempts at relevancy,' she added. 

Stephanie Grisham, communications director for Melania Trump, responded to claims in the book that the first lady cried when Trump the election because she never expected him to win.

'The book is clearly going to be sold in the bargain fiction section. Mrs. Trump supported her husband's decision to run for President and in fact, encouraged him to do so. She was confident he would win and was very happy when he did,' Grisham said.

The book also claims the Trump have separate bedrooms in the White House.

NBC News reported Bannon's comment about the chance Donald Trump also met the Russians.

Sanders pointed to Trump's previous denials of collusion when it came up at her news conference. 

Trump Jr. told the House Intelligence Committee during testimony that he did not tell his father about the meeting at the time it took place, the Washington Post reported in December.

He told Fox News host Sean Hannity after word of the meeting broke: 'In retrospect, I probably would have done things a little differently.'

He said he did not tell his father about the meeting because nothing came of it.

'It was just a nothing,' the president's son said. 'There was nothing to tell.' 

Attending the meeting were Donald Trump Jr., Trump son in law and Bannon's White House rival Jared Kushner, and former campaign chair Paul Manafort, who has since been indicted on money laundering and conspiracy charges.

They met with Kremlin-linked Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya after an offer of potential dirt on Hillary Clinton got dangled to Trump Jr. via an email approach.    

'They're going to crack Don Junior like an egg on national TV,' Bannon, a former Naval officer and Goldman Sachs employee who runs Breitbart News, said of the president's eldest son.

They're going to crack Don Junior like an egg on national TV

He laid out how the campaign should have handled such an approach. If any meeting happened, it should have been done 'in a Holiday Inn in Manchester, New Hampshire, with your lawyers who meet with these people'. That would allow information to get 'dump[ed] … down to Breitbart or something like that, or maybe some other more legitimate publication,' he said, referencing the Breitbart News site he runs. 

'They're going to crack Don Junior like an egg on national TV,' Bannon said of the president's eldest son, who attended the Trump Tower meeting

'They're going to crack Don Junior like an egg on national TV,' Bannon said of the president's eldest son, who attended the Trump Tower meeting

A picture taken on November 8, 2016 shows Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya speaking during an interview in Moscow

A picture taken on November 8, 2016 shows Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya speaking during an interview in Moscow

Bannon took new shots at his rival Trump son in law Jared Kushner. He predicts special counsel Mueller will go after top officials on money laundering to get to President Trump

Bannon took new shots at his rival Trump son in law Jared Kushner. He predicts special counsel Mueller will go after top officials on money laundering to get to President Trump

White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon (R) listens to U.S. President Donald Trump at the beginning of a meeting with government cyber security experts in the Roosevelt Room at the White House January 31, 2017 in Washington

White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon (R) listens to U.S. President Donald Trump at the beginning of a meeting with government cyber security experts in the Roosevelt Room at the White House January 31, 2017 in Washington

Former White House Chief Strategist Stephen Bannon speaks during the Asahi Shimbun interview on November 16, 2017 in Tokyo, Japan

Former White House Chief Strategist Stephen Bannon speaks during the Asahi Shimbun interview on November 16, 2017 in Tokyo, Japan

'You never see it, you never know it, because you don't need to … But that's the brain trust that they had,' he said dismissively.

Trump named Bannon as chief executive of his campaign in August 2016, two months after the Trump Tower meeting with Russians occurred.  

Bannon, who says he continues to advise President Trump, also issued predictions about the Mueller probe.   

'You realize where this is going,' he said. 'This is all about money laundering. Mueller chose [senior prosecutor Andrew] Wessman first and he is a money-laundering guy. Their path to f***ing Trump goes right through Paul Manafort, Don Jr. and Jared Kushner … It's as plain as a hair on your face,' he said.

According to the Guardian, Bannon insisted that he doesn't know Russians, won't be a witness in the related probes, won't hire a lawyer and won't end up on TV answering questions.

Trump Jr. has denied doing anything improper and says he got nothing of value out of the meeting. Manafort has pleaded not guilty to money laundering charges. Kushner's lawyers say he is cooperating with investigators. 

The book also quotes a friend of President Trump confidant Tom Barrack as having told a friend: ''He's not only crazy, he's stupid.'

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Trump's presidency as we know it is 'OVER' says Steve Bannon as he declares war on his enemies by going back to Breitbart hours after being fired and warns: 'I've got my hands on my old weapons' Email prank suggests Bannon wants to oust evil Ivanka, Jared Kushner news steve bannon ivanka kushner

An anonymous E-mail prankster posing as Steve Bannon spoke with the editor in chief of Brietbart, the far right-wing media organization to which Bannon returned after being ousted from the White House.

The prankster, who goes by the Twitter handle @Sinon_Reborn, describes himself as a “lazy anarchist” and recently made the news posing as a White House official to various other officials in the White House itself.

This time around, the prankster emailed Alex Marlow posing as Bannon, writing, “Reading online about how i’ll be bringing forth my wrath on Ivanka and Jared. I’d be doing this great nation a service if I did.”

“I spooked em today. Did five stories on globalist takeover positioning you as only hope to stop it,” Marlow replied before adding, “You need to own that, just have surrogates do the dirty work. Boyle, Raheem, me, Tony have been waiting for this.” He was referring to Washington editor Matthew Boyle, Breitbart London Editor-in-Chief Raheem Kassam, and reporter Tony Lee.

The prankster then emailed a Breitbart story suggesting that Ivanka Trump had been a big part of pushing Bannon out of the White House, writing, “This was a fun read.”

Marlow replied with a personal smear against Ivanka and Jared Kushner.

“Haha.. lovely stuff,” the prankster wrote. “So do you think you’ll have them packed and shipping out before Christmas?”

“Let me see what I can do… hard to know given your description of them as evil,” Marlow replied. “I don’t know what motivates them. If they are semi normal, then yes, they out by end of year.”

The prankster also apparently fooled Joel Pollak, Breitbart’s senior editor-at-large.

“No one can figure out what [Ivanka Trump and Kushner] do,” Pollak wrote to the fake Bannon.

“Had a good chat with Alex,” the prankster replied. “Seems he’s already aligning the crosshairs and making me the masked puppeteer.”

“Excellent. I just tried calling,” Pollak said. “Not sure if you have the same number. I’m at 847-XYZ-XXXX. Available anytime.”

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White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon is out

Trump's presidency is 'over' says Steve Bannon

  • Steve Bannon declared war on his enemies hours after being fired by Donald Trump, going back to Breitbart and saying: 'I will crush the opposition.'
  •  'Now I'm free,' he boasted to the Weekly Standard, saying: 'I built a f***ing machine at Breitbart.'
  • He named his enemies as 'West Wing Democrats' - a reference to Jared Kushner and Gary Cohn - and the Republican establishment
  • Bannon said Trump presidency  he had fought for was 'over' but that he would fight from outside the White House for its agenda
  • Bannon was removed on the advice of John Kelly and West Wing claimed it was a 'mutual' decision but move underlines retired Marine general's new power
  • Firing and Bannon's defiant interview marked end of tumultuous week which began with botched response to Charlottesville 
  •  Democrats welcomed Bannon exit and will now hope he engages in civil war which could be the boost their party has been so far unable to find

Steve Bannon dramatically proclaimed the Trump presidency 'over' Friday hours after he was fired - and returned to his old role at Breitbart and declared war on his enemies, saying: 'I will crush the opposition.'

Bannon was ousted by the president at the end of a tumultuous week with his administration roiled by his response to the Charlottesville violence.

But it took just hours for the former chief strategist to start a civil war as he named his enemies: 'West Wing Democrats' and 'establishment Republicans'.

First he went straight back to being executive chairman of bomb-throwing 'alt-right' website Breitbart which hailed him as a populist hero.

Then he gave a lengthy fist-pumping interview to the Weekly Standard, saying: 'I feel pumped up. I've got my hands back on my weapons.'

'I built a f***ing machine at Breitbart. And now I’m about to go back, knowing what I know, and we’re about to rev that machine up. And rev it up we will do.' 

Who the enemies are was crystal clear as Bannon wasted no time serving notice to those he believes are guilty of killing 'the Trump presidency that we fought for, and won'.

That puts Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner and daughter Ivanka Trump, chief economic adviser Gary Cohn, national security adviser H.R. McMaster, House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senator Majority leader Mitch McConnell all firmly in his crosshairs. 

How it was revealed: Breitbart White House correspondent revealed that Bannon had left the White House and gone straight back to his old job

How it was revealed: Breitbart White House correspondent revealed that Bannon had left the White House and gone straight back to his old job

CONSERVATIVE: Trump's chief strategist was the most conservative voice in the White House

Hail the hero: How Breitbart reported the return of Bannon as executive chairman

Hail the hero: How Breitbart reported the return of Bannon as executive chairman

'We still have a huge movement, and we will make something of this Trump presidency,' he said.

'But that presidency is over. It'll be something else. And there'll be all kinds of fights, and there'll be good days and bad days, but that presidency is over.'

His removal from the West Wing opens the way for fighting ideological battles against his West Wing enemies with new vigor and billionaire backing in the form of the Mercer clan which bankrolls Breitbart.

Bannon, 63, will wage his part of the war from the 'Breitbart Embassy,' a posh rowhouse on Capitol Hill that houses the news outlet's offices - where he turned up on Friday afternoon.

The website immediately hailed him as a 'populist hero' - borrowing the phrase from Matt Drudge, whose Drudge Report first said he was out.

'The populist-nationalist movement got a lot stronger today,' Breitbart News Editor-in-Chief Alex Marlow told the website

'Breitbart gained an executive chairman with his finger on the pulse of the Trump agenda.'

Its CEO and president Larry Solov said: 'Breitbart's pace of global expansion will only accelerate with Steve back. The sky's the limit.'

The net result will move a Bannon civil war from an intramural concern to an inside-outside proposition that will ultimately strengthen his position - but could prove toxic for the White House.

In the crosshairs: Bannon's f-word interview makes clear he sees the 'Republican establishment' as the enemy of his 'populist-nationalist agenda' - putting Mitch McConnell, the Senate Majority leader and House Speaker Paul Ryan at the top of his enemies list
In the crosshairs: Bannon's f-word interview makes clear he sees the 'Republican establishment' as the enemy of his 'populist-nationalist agenda' - putting Mitch McConnell, the Senate Majority leader and House Speaker Paul Ryan at the top of his enemies list

In the crosshairs: Bannon's f-word interview makes clear he sees the 'Republican establishment' as the enemy of his 'populist-nationalist agenda' - putting Mitch McConnell, the Senate Majority leader and House Speaker Paul Ryan at the top of his enemies list

Jivanka: Bannon's main bete noire has been Jared Kushner, who he privately called a 'globalist' and his wife Ivanka Trump. He privately labelled the couple Jivanka.
Jivanka: Bannon's main bete noire has been Jared Kushner, who he privately called a 'globalist' and his wife Ivanka Trump. He privately labelled the couple Jivanka.

Jivanka: Bannon's main bete noire has been Jared Kushner, who he privately called a 'globalist' and his wife Ivanka Trump. He privately labelled the couple Jivanka.

West win war: Bannon's other enemies include H.R. McMaster the national security adviser
Stephen Miller has detached himself from the Bannon orbit in recent weeks but is from the populist-nationalist wing.
Sebastian Gorka was a Breitbart contributor whose only role appears to be defending the White House on television. He is not part of the communications operations

West wing war: Bannon's other enemies include H.R. McMaster the national security adviser. Stephen Miller has detached himself from the Bannon orbit in recent weeks but is from the populist-nationalist wing. Sebastian Gorka was a Breitbart contributor whose only role appears to be defending the White House on television. He is not part of the communications operations

He will have access to not only the Breitbart website's right-wing megaphone, but also to mission-oriented funding from the family of hedge fund billionaire Robert Mercer.

Mercer is Breitbart's single largest funder. His daughter Rebekah served on the executive council of Trump's transition team.

Bannon will retain access to the president through his cell phone, and will use that connection to nudge the president from the outside toward fulfilling his campaign pledges.

'The path forward on things like economic nationalism and immigration, and his ability to kind of move freely ... I just think his ability to get anything done – particularly the bigger things, like the wall, the bigger, broader things that we fought for, it's just gonna be that much harder,' Bannon said, referring to the post-Bannon era.

He was quick on Friday to blast moderate Republicans, both inside the West Wing and in Congress, for turning Trump back toward the political center.

'What Trump ran on – border wall, where is the funding for the border wall, one of his central tenets, where have they been? Have they rallied around the Perdue-Cotton immigration bill? On what element of Trump's program, besides tax cuts – which is going to be the standard marginal tax cut – where have they rallied to Trump's cause? They haven't.'

Bannon had left the White House on Friday afternoon amid competing claims over whether he was fired or quit on his own.

But a senior administration official told DailyMail.com on Friday afternoon as the news rocketed around the world that Chief of Staff John Kelly made the decision and secured Trump's approval.

 I just think his ability to get anything done – particularly the bigger things, like the wall, the bigger, broader things that we fought for, it's just gonna be that much harder
Steve Bannon 

The White House's official line is that it was a mutual decision that involved Bannon himself.

'White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and Steve Bannon have mutually agreed today would be Steve's last day,' a statement from press secretary Sarah Sanders read on Friday.

'We are grateful for his service and wish him the best.'

Bannon himself told the Weekly Standard he had put in his resignation on August 7, agreed to delay his departure until after this weekend in the wake of the Charlottesville crisis, then accepted Kelly's view that he should go on Friday. 

Now his few remaining White House allies - all of them more junior than him - are at the center of speculation over their future.

The most prominent aide linked to Bannon is Sebastian Gorka, a bearded British-American academic and former part-time soldier who was already under scrutiny for claims of links to the far-right in Hungary.

He has no apparent role beyond defending the White House on television.

Also under scrutiny will be Stephen Miller, who is strongly associated with Bannon's economic nationalist agenda.

His future may be less perilous because he has become Trump's chief speechwriter and in recent weeks appeared to have detached himself from Bannon.

Bannon's war was welcomed by his Breitbart friends.

One Breitbart editor tweeted one word: 'War.' Its White House correspondent tweeted: 'And kids, that's the day when Bannon the Barbarian was born...' 

The move sends the most conservative and lightning-rod leader in the Trump West Wing out after less than seven months.


Trump fires controversial chief strategist Steve Bannon

'Bannon had one hell of a run,' Internet publisher Matt Drudge tweeted on Friday.

'Steve is now unchained,' one friend told The Atlantic even before Bannon's rebel yell. 'Fully unchained.'

'He's going nuclear,' said another 'You have no idea. This is gonna be really f***ing bad.'

In firing Steve Bannon, President Trump has lost his chief ideologue, the man who channeled his base and advocated for the populist-nationalist policies that helped propel Trump to victory.

But he has gained an unpredictable and potentially troublesome outside ally who has long experience running a media organization, and an even longer list of enemies.

Bannon's departure makes him the sixth top-shelf aide to depart since the president' January 20 inauguration, including former national security adviser Gen. Mike Flynn, chief of staff Reince Priebus, press secretary Sean Spicer and two communications directors – Mike Dubke and Anthony Scaramucci.

A well-placed White House source told DailyMail.com on Friday that Kushner, his wife Ivanka Trump, interim communications director Hope Hicks, press secretary Sarah Sanders and senior counselor Kellyanne Conway are all remaining in their current positions.

A senior White House aide had told DailyMail.com on Tuesday that Bannon's job was secure. 'Steve's staying,' the official said then. 

But after that the former Trump campaign CEO who was once executive chairman of Breitbart News took down his guard.

He gave an interview to a liberal magazine in which he contradicted the president's position on North Korea and trashed his more moderate colleagues for their views on an 'economic war' with China.

NOW HE WILL WANT REVENGE: Staff at his former website Breitbart predicted 'war' and the rise of 'Bannon the Barbarian' looking for vengeance on the 'globalists' who pushed him out- who are seen as being led by Jared Kushner, the president's son-in-law, and featuring (second right) Gary Cohn, the president's main economic adviser

NOW HE WILL WANT REVENGE: Staff at his former website Breitbart predicted 'war' and the rise of 'Bannon the Barbarian' looking for vengeance on the 'globalists' who pushed him out- who are seen as being led by Jared Kushner, the president's son-in-law, and featuring (second right) Gary Cohn, the president's main economic adviser

Trump says 'we'll see what happens with Mr Bannon' at Trump Tower
Then there was one: Trump in the Oval Office with Mike Flynn, his disgraced national security adviser, and Steve Bannon, his now ousted chief strategist, just after the inauguration

Then there was one: Trump in the Oval Office with Mike Flynn, his disgraced national security adviser, and Steve Bannon, his now ousted chief strategist, just after the inauguration

TOOK ADVICE: John Kelly told Trump it was time for Bannon to go - and Trump got rid of him. The news emerged as the president was on his way to Camp David on Air Force One. 
MASTERMIND: Trump was not pleased with this portrayal of Bannon

TOOK ADVICE: John Kelly told Trump it was time for Bannon to go - and Trump got rid of him. The news emerged as the president was on his way to Camp David on Air Force One. One trigger had been a book which portrayed Bannon as the mastermind of Trump's victory

And he tried gamely to frame that interview as a win for the president, claiming to DailyMail.com that the resulting furor drew attention away from Trump's widely panned responses to the weekend's racial violence in Charlottesville Virginia.

THE QUOTABLE STEVE BANNON 

The outgoing chief White House strategist has never minced words. Here are some choice ones.

'The baby boomers are the most spoiled, most self-centered, most narcissistic generation the country's ever produced.'(Gen Y TV, 2011)

'We're the platform for the alt-right.' (Mother Jones, 2016, about Breitbart News)

'Darkness is good. Dick Cheney. Darth Vader. Satan. That's power.' (Hollywood Reporter, 2016)

'I'm a Leninist. Lenin wanted to destroy the state, and that's my goal, too. I want to bring everything crashing down and destroy all of today's establishment.' 

'They're wetting themselves' (American Prospect, 2017, about his West Wing rivals)

'Classic honey badger!' (after a presidential debate when Trump made allegations about Bill Clinton's sexual history)

'They are trailer trash. They are grifters.'(News.Com.Au, 2016, about the Clintons)

'When you finish watching the film, you want to take a hot shower. You want to go home and shower because you've just spent an hour and fifteen minutes with the greasiest, dirtiest people you will ever see.' (The Atlantic, August 2016, about the leftist Occupy movement)

'There are some unintended consequences of the women's liberation movement – that, in fact, the women that would lead this country would be pro-family, they would have husbands, they would love their children. They wouldn't be a bunch of dykes that came from the Seven Sisters schools up in New England. That drives the left insane and that's why they hate these women.' (Political Vindication Radio, 2011)

Trump has not yet commented on Twitter or elsewhere. 

Bannon is famously reclusive with his communications, eschewing social media and speaking only to a handful of reporters on a regular basis.

But the president was said on Friday to be furious over Bannon's habit of taking credit for his 2016 election.

In 'Devil's Bargain,' a book by Joshua Green published last month, Bannon is painted as the mastermind behind Trump's ascendancy.

And the president was not pleased.

'That f***ing Steve Bannon [is] taking credit for my election,' Trump recently told a confidant, according to the left-leaning Buzzfeed website.

The book is a look-back on Bannon's role in leveraging Trump's connection with his base last year as his populist economic message attracted middle-class white voters

Trump took pains to avoid backing him too firmly during a press conference on Tuesday, referring to him only as 'Mr. Bannon' while defending him against charges of bigotry.

'He is not a racist. I can tell you that. He is a good person. He actually gets a very unfair press in that regard,' Trump said in response to a question about whether he would keep him.

'We'll see what happens with Mr. Bannon. He is a good person and I think the press treats him, frankly, very unfairly.'

Democrats cheered Bannon's departure on Friday.

'Steve Bannon's firing is welcome news,' House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said in a statement, 'but it doesn't disguise where President Trump himself stands on white supremacists and the bigoted beliefs they advance.'

'Personnel changes are worthless so long as President Trump continues to advance policies that disgrace our cherished American values,' she added.

Ohio Democratic Rep. Tim Ryan tweeted: 'Good. He had no business being there to begin with.'

And New York Democrat Nita Lowey, said on Twitter that 'Steve Bannon should have never been a White House official, and his ouster is no substitute for moral leadership from the President.'

Hawaii Sen. Mazie Hirono, one of the most liberal members of Congress, added in a tweet that 'it doesn't matter if @realDonaldTrump fires everyone in his administration. He's the problem. #BannonOut'

Ohio Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown tweeted: 'Steve Bannon should have never been in the WH. He has promoted anti-Semitism, racism and misogyny, embracing bigotry and hate speech.'

Bannon was a far-right outlier in the Trump campaign, helping the president coalesce his messaging around what he called 'economic nationalism.'

That platform, a combination of focusing on growing jobs and refocusing global trade in America's favor, won him broad support in America's heartland.

SCENT OF DEATH: Saturday Night Live portrayed Steve Bannon as the grim reaper to Alec Baldwin's Trump. But the president was not pleased at his chief strategist getting the attention, it was reported

SCENT OF DEATH: Saturday Night Live portrayed Steve Bannon as the grim reaper to Alec Baldwin's Trump. But the president was not pleased at his chief strategist getting the attention, it was reported

It's unclear where Bannon will go from the West Wing.

A senior executive at Breitbart News did not immediately respond to a question on Friday about whether its longtime chairman would return.

THE NON-STOP WHITE HOUSE BLOODBATH 

Michael Flynn, national security adviser

Flynn was forced to resign on Monday February 13, over controversy surrounding his ties with Russia. His 24-day-long tenure was the shortest in the history of the office. 

James Comey, FBI director

President Trump sacked Comey in a letter sent to the FBI director on Tuesday May 9. Trump's decision to fire him was on the recommendation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Comey had served as head of the FBI since September 2013.

Sean Spicer, press secretary

On Friday July 21, Spicer announced he was stepping down as White House Press Secretary after a tumultuous tenure. It was rumored the embattled press secretary was pushed out of his position after Trump hired Anthony Scaramucci. 

Reince Priebus, chief of staff

Priebus was fired on Friday July 28 when he was summoned to the president's Air Force One cabin and told he was out. He was then kicked out of the president's motorcade and forced to leave the tarmac in a separate car.

Anthony Scaramucci, director of communications

Just ten days after Trump hired him to take over White House communications, the 'Mooch' was let go, on Monday 31 July. His short-lived role in the White House holds the record for the shortest in history of his position 

But a close associate of Bannon's told DailyMail.com to expect Breitbart to wage all-out war with the White House now that its standard-bearer would be on the outside.

'They're going to treat Trump like they treated Obama, since they won't see any meaningful difference anymore,' the source said of the Breitbart website. 

The online news outlet Axios reported Friday morning that Bannon was setting himself up to be a martyr, a White House nationalist hero forced out by 'globalists.'

Bannon had a net worth of at least $10.7 million when he started his work at the White House, according to financial disclosures he filed with the federal government.

As of late March he held between $1.1 million and $2.25 million in cash in three different bank accounts.

Most of the rest of his assets consisted of his consulting firms and stakes in film companies.

Bannon reported earning more than $1.3 in salaries last year, including $191,000 from Breitbart News. Much of his income flowed through Bannon Strategic Advisors – which netted him about $494,000.

His film production company Glittering Steel paid him more than $167,000 in fees.

Another $125,000 came from a consulting agreement with Cambridge Analytica, a data mining and crunching company where he was a vice president and served on the board.

Cambridge was among the Trump campaign's most oft-used vendors. It is part-owned by the family of Robert Mercer, a billionaire investor who funds Breitbart.

Bannon and Mercer reportedly met on Wednesday for five hours to plot the course of his future.

Bannon, who joined Trump's presidential campaign a year and a day ago as its CEO, was credited with bringing discipline and focus to the then-scattered operation.

He came directly from Breitbart News, where he set the tone for a ragtag journalism operation known for the same kind of right-wing populist messaging that made Trump seem like a native son in any corner of America's heartland where he visited with disaffected white male voters.

A Harvard Business School and Georgetown University Foreign Service School graduate and veteran of investment banking titan Goldman Sachs, Bannon later struck it rich running his own investment firm.

A large part of his lifetime income came from a single deal, arranging long-term residual checks from a then-fledgling TV sitcom called Seinfeld when he helped negotiate the sale of Castle Rock Entertainment to CNN.

Along the way he also produced 18 Hollywood films between 1991 and 2016 – including some conservative ideological polemics like 'Occupy Unmasked.'

Before going to Goldman, however, Bannon was a U.S. Navy officer for seven years.

He served in the Persian Gulf during the Iran hostage crisis, where witnessing the Jimmy Carter administration mishandle an international debacle turned him into a Ronald Reagan admirer.

Before entering the White House, Bannon also co-founded and chaired the Government Accountability Institute, a nonprofit that helped with the publication of 'Clinton Cash,' a book that outlined Hillary Clinton's alleged financial conflicts of interest during her time as secretary of state.

The book was widely credited with changing the national narrative about the Democrat who then appeared to be a shoe-in for the Oval Office. 

Bannon's months at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue coincided with Trump's most chaotic early period, with internal power struggles, policy missteps and pop culture meltdowns.

 That f***ing Steve Bannon [is] taking credit for my election
Donald Trump 

Liberals, both in office and in the major news media, portrayed him as a villainous bigot – often confusing his claim of being an economic nationalist with the disturbing movement of white nationalism.

His association with the controversial Breitbart website didn't help. He once described it as 'a platform for the alt-right.'

A February Time magazine cover branded Bannon 'The Great Manipulator' for his perceived Machiavellian hand in the Oval Office.

When it mercilessly lampooned Trump's inner circle, 'Saturday Night Live' depicted him as a grim reaper-like skeleton in a dark cape, never showing him with a human face and running an actor's voice through a sinister-sounding audio filter.

In one sketch, the inhuman Bannon persuades Trump, played by Alec Baldwin, to engage in a series of irresponsible phone calls with world leaders.

Afterward, the comical Bannon asks Baldwin's Trump to get up from his desk.

'Yes, of course, Mr. President,' Trump replies, going to a much smaller desk and playing with a plastic toy.

Longtime Trump nemesis Rosie O'Donnell had offered to portray him, even publishing a photograph of herself in Bannon-esque clothing, makeup and haphazardly tousled hair.

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White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon is out news steve bannon

White House chief strategist Steve Bannon is leaving his White House post.

That’s according to two people familiar with the decision who demanded anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss private conversations.

Bannon was a key adviser to President Donald Trump’s general election campaign and has been a forceful but contentious presence in a divided White House.

The former leader of conservative Breitbart News pushed Trump to follow through with his campaign promises. But he’s also sparred with some of Trump’s closest advisers, including son-in-law Jared Kushner.

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