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Donald Trump’s fired chief strategist Steve Bannon has vowed to “go to war” with the US President’s opponents after he was ousted from the White House.
The divisive strategist, who rose from the Trump campaign to a top White House post, has returned to his role as executive chairman of Breitbart News, which he led before joining the campaign.
The 63-year-old was sacked from the White House on Friday having been accused of voicing anti-Semitic and white supremacist views.
Mr Bannon was a key player in Mr Trump’s America First campaign, but is believed to have angered moderates in the White House.
He told Bloomberg politics he would continue to fight the same fights from outside the administration.
Mr Bannon said: “If there’s any confusion out there, let me clear it up: I’m leaving the White House and going to war for Trump against his opponents – on Capitol Hill, in the media, and in corporate America.”
The controversial strategist’s turbulent tenure was marked by the departure of much of Mr Trump’s original senior staff.
National Security Adviser Michael Flynn; press secretary Sean Spicer; chief of staff Reince Priebus and communications director Anthony Scaramucci have all left the White House.
Mr Bannon pressed the president to enact some of his most contentious campaign promises, including a travel ban and pulling out of the Paris climate change agreement.
The US President has now forced out his hard-line national security adviser, his chief of staff, his press secretary and two communications directors.
Former campaign strategist Sam Nunberg said: “It’s a tough pill to swallow if Steve is gone because you have a Republican West Wing that’s filled with generals and Democrats,”. “It would feel like the twilight zone.”
Mr Bannon’s nationalistic, outsider conservatism served as a guiding force for Mr Trump’s rise to office.
Without him, Mr Trump’s agenda is in the hands of more moderate advisers, including his son-in-law, oldest daughter and an economic adviser Mr Bannon slammed as “globalist”.
Spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Mr Bannon and chief of staff John Kelly, only recently installed, agreed that Friday would be his last day.
“We are grateful for his service and wish him the best,” she said.
Mr Trump has recently downplayed Mr Bannon’s role in his campaign and avoided an opportunity to express confidence in him publicly.
“He’s a good person. He actually gets very unfair press in that regard,” he said earlier this week. “But we’ll see what happens with Mr Bannon.”
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