Steve Bannon leaves role as Donald Trump's Chief Strategist
Controversial White House chief strategist Steve Bannon has left his post.
Mr 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.
Mr Trump accepted Mr Bannon's resignation on Friday, ending a turbulent seven months for his chief strategist, the latest to depart from the president's administration in turmoil.
White House spokesman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Friday would be Mr Bannon's last day on the job.
"We are grateful for his service and wish him the best," she said in a statement confirming reports of Mr Bannon's departure.
Mr Bannon has been a contentious presence in a White House divided by warring staff loyalties.
The former leader of conservative Breitbart News has pushed Mr Trump to follow through on his campaign promises and was the man behind many of his most controversial efforts, including Mr Trump's travel ban and decision to pull out of the Paris Climate agreement.
But Mr Bannon repeatedly clashed with other top White House advisers, including Mr Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner, and often ran afoul of the president himself.
Mr Bannon offered his resignation to Mr Trump on August 7, according to one person close to the adviser.
The resignation was to go into effect a week later, August 14, which was the one-year anniversary of when he officially joined Mr Trump's presidential campaign.
It was then held back a few days after the violence in Charlottesville.
Mr Bannon had been on shaky ground for weeks, and his standing appeared in jeopardy when Mr Trump's new chief of staff, John Kelly, embarked on a personnel review of West Wing staff.
Mr Kelly had indicated to aides that significant changes could be coming, according to an official familiar with Mr Kelly's plans but not authorised to speak publicly.
The president had also repeatedly diminished Mr Bannon's role in his campaign in recent remarks and refused to express confidence during an impromptu news conference on Tuesday.
"He's a good person. He actually gets very unfair press in that regard," Mr Trump said. "But we'll see what happens with Mr Bannon."
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