Steve Bannon is out as White House chief strategist

Steve Bannon is out as White House chief strategist
White House chief strategist Steve Bannon on Friday was dismissed from his role in the West Wing. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump on Friday announced the removal of White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, the New York Times reported.

Conflicting reports are coming in about whether Bannon resigned or Trump fired him.

Bannon reportedly gave his resignation on Aug. 7 and the announcement was supposed to be made sometime this week. The announcement was delayed after violent protests erupted in Charlottesville, Virginia, last weekend, the Times reported.

According to CNN, Bannon was fired.

According to the Drudge Report, Bannon may return to Breitbart, a right-wing news site, where he was previously an editor.

Breitbart did not immediately return TheBlaze’s request for comment.

UPDATE: 2:03p.m. EST

Fox News and CNN are now reporting Bannon was “removed” and “fired” from his position in the White House.

UPDATE: 5:49p.m. EST

Bannon will “go to war” for the president, defending him against those who choose to attack him and his administration.

“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.

This is a developing story and will be updated as new information comes in.

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