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Bannon: Trump Presidency, We Fought and Won, is Over

Bannon: Trump Presidency, We Fought and Won, is Over

"The Trump presidency that we fought for, and won, is over", Bannon told the conservative U.S. magazine Weekly Standard.

"I want to thank Steve Bannon for his service", Trump 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", Bannon told Bloomberg News.

According to reports, Trump was under renewed pressure to sack Bannon following the violence at a far-right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, last weekend, when a auto was driven into counter-protesters, killing a woman.

Trump told his advisers on Friday morning that he had made a decision to fire Bannon, the New York Times reported.

In a revealing interview, Bannon said the presidency had changed. As of Friday morning, the two men were still discussing Mr. Bannon's future, the officials said. A champion of the nationalistpopulist agenda that carried Trump to power last November, the 63- year-old Bannon left a White House reeling from the fallout over the president's response to a violent white supremacist rally. But that presidency is over.

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The White House announced curtly Friday the departure of Steve Bannon, after several days of a deep controversy caused by the ambiguity of the president on the responsibilities behind the racist violence that has shaken the Charlottesville area on 12 August.

The removal of the former Breitbart editor as Trump's chief strategist marks a remarkable rise and fall for a rightwing ideologue regarded by some as the power behind the throne.

"It was great! Thanks S", Trump said. General Flynn, Reince Priebus, Sean Spicer, and Anthony "The Mooch" Scaramucci were among those brought on and then knocked off the Trump administration. He has privately told associates he would return to his "killing machine" Breitbart if he was forced to leave the White House and has said he would be able to target some of his White House rivals like chief economic adviser Gary Cohn and national security adviser H.R. McMaster from the outside more easily.

Just hours later, Bannon's comments were published by The Weekly Standard. "Steve served POTUS Trump with distinction", he wrote.

Bannon, however, won't be going quietly and says now he has suddenly been freed of constraints that prevented him from being his real self. I've got my hands back on my weapons. Bannon did not succeed in persuading the administration to shield its tax plan from Democratic attacks, by proposing an increase in the top personal income tax rate. "I think the media plays it up too much, and we gotta help crush it, you know, uh, help crush it more". He who would frequently clash with other senior aides on issues over trade, the war in Afghanistan, taxes, immigration and the role of government.