Breitbart News announced in a statement Tuesday that Stephen Bannon was stepping down as executive chairman after returning to the role only four months ago.
Here’s the statement from Breitbart News:
“Stephen K. Bannon has stepped down from Breitbart News Network, where he served as Executive Chairman since 2012,” read a statement on the website. “Bannon and Breitbart will work together on a smooth and orderly transition.”
A statement from Bannon read, “I’m proud of what the Breitbart team has accomplished in so short a period of time in building out a world-class news platform.”
Breitbart CEO Larry Solov added, “Steve is a valued part of our legacy, and we will always be grateful for his contributions, and what he has helped us to accomplish.”
Why did Bannon step down?
Bannon began a contentious feud with the White House after his comments were released from the controversial book, “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” attacking Donald Trump Jr. and questioning the president’s mental faculties.
“Even if you thought that this was not treasonous, or unpatriotic, or bad s**t, and I happen to think it’s all of that, you should have called the FBI immediately,” Bannon said of the meeting of the president’s son with Russians before the election.
Trump himself responded to the attacks from Bannon by deriding his role in his election and administration, and saying that he “lost his mind” when he lost his job at the White House in August.
“He used Sloppy Steve Bannon, who cried when he got fired and begged for his job,” the president tweeted, referring to the writer of the book. “Now Sloppy Steve has been dumped like a dog by almost everyone. Too bad!”
The New York Times reported that billionaire right-wing donor Rebekah Mercer forced Bannon out because of the furor over his “Fire and Fury” comments.