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Sarah Sanders says Breitbart should consider parting ways with Steve Bannon
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Sarah Sanders says Breitbart should consider parting ways with Steve Bannon

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that Breitbart News should "consider" parting ways with Steve Bannon amid his purported controversial comments about President Donald Trump in author Michael Wolff's forthcoming book, "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House."

What are the details?

During Thursday's news conference, a reporter asked Sanders her thoughts about Bannon's standing as executive chairman at the conservative outlet.

"You were eager to call on ESPN to fire one of its sportscasters for criticizing President Trump," the reporter began, pointing to the September controversy caused by ESPN sportscaster Jemele Hill, who called the president a "white supremacist" in a Twitter tirade.

"Should Breitbart part ways with Steve Bannon after his comments in this book?" the reporter continued.

Sanders answered, "I certainly think that it’s something they should look at and consider."

What's the background here?

Bannon's purported remarks, revealed to the public by excerpts published on Wednesday by New York Magazine, caught the ire of Trump, who said in a statement that in addition to Bannon losing his job as White House chief strategist, he also "lost his mind."

Trump lawyers on Wednesday night sent a cease and desist letter to Bannon, accusing him of being in breach of confidentiality and anti-disparagement agreements, and directed Bannon to refrain from speaking ill about the president or his family going forward.

An attorney for Trump said that "legal action is imminent."

Click here for an in-depth rundown on the extensive Trump-Bannon feud.

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