Throughout much of his short-lived tenure as the president’s chief strategist, Steve Bannon existed amid rumors that his position was precarious. That proved true on Aug. 18, when news broke that Bannon had been fired.
Bannon had been one of Trump’s closest allies, serving as his campaign’s chief executive during the crucial final stretch, so it wasn’t a surprise when he was named to a key position in the Trump administration. The announcement did come amid controversy, however, as critics pointed to a recent past including heading the ultra-conservative Breitbart News and accusations of anti-Semitism.
During his seven months in the White House, Bannon endured highs and lows, from being named chief strategist of the National Security Council to being removed from that position and holding a position as part of the president’s inner circle to reportedly being suspected as the man behind many of the leaks about West Wing infighting. At the end of the of it all, his fate mirrored that of many before him, including Sean Spicer and Reince Priebus.
What’s next for Bannon? He’s headed right back to Breitbart News as executive chairman. “Now I’m free. I’ve got my hands back on my weapons,” Bannon told The Weekly Standard on Aug. 18.