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Report: Bannon Secretly Met With Top Chinese Official

He was asked to talk about populism

(Newser) - Steve Bannon, President Trump's former chief strategist, met secretly with "the second most powerful person in China" last week during a trip to Beijing, reports the Financial Times . Wang Qishan—second only to President Xi Jinping as anti-corruption tsar within China's Community Party—met with Bannon for... More »

Pope Francis Says Trump Isn't 'Pro-Life' If He Ends DACA

The president gets another high-profile critic of his most recent immigration decision

(Newser) - Since President Trump made the decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, he has received criticism from across the political and social spectrum, from immigrants-rights groups and Fortune 500 CEOs to evangelical Christian preachers and Republican members of Congress. Now the president can add the pope to... More »

George Clooney Unleashes Rant Against Steve Bannon

Actor mocks him as a failed screenwriter

(Newser) - George Clooney is taking some high-profile shots against Steve Bannon. While at the Toronto International Film Festival to promote his movie Suburbicon, Clooney let loose, reports Entertainment Weekly . In particular, he mocked the newly departed White House adviser for his unsuccessful attempt to succeed in Hollywood years ago. “Steve... More »

Bannon: '100%' Sure Trump Would Win After Billy Bush Tape

He says Christie wasn't so sure and it cost him

(Newser) - Steve Bannon says he, unlike other advisers, didn't lose faith in President Trump after the release of the Access Hollywood tape—and it was a lack of similar faith that cost at least one adviser a gig in the White House, CBS News reports. Trump's former chief strategist... More »

Bannon: Catholic Church Needs 'Illegal Aliens' to Fill Pews

He appears on '60 Minutes' this weekend

(Newser) - Steve Bannon appears on 60 Minutes Sunday, and CBS is providing an early look at his interview with Charlie Rose. In two snippets, Bannon criticizes the Catholic Church over its opposition to Trump's DACA decision and makes clear that he intends to support the president from his new post... More »

How Charlottesville Shook Up Plans for Bannon's Exit

He says it's the most divided administration in history

(Newser) - Steve Bannon had planned an orderly departure from the White House, but it was scuppered by the violence in Charlottesville, insiders say. Sources tell the New York Times that new White House chief of staff John Kelly told the White House strategist in July that he would have to leave... More »

Trump Breaks Silence on Bannon's Departure

'Thanks S'

(Newser) - "I want to thank Steve Bannon for his service. He came to the campaign during my run against Crooked Hillary Clinton - it was great! Thanks S," President Trump tweeted Saturday, commenting on his former chief strategist for the first time since the latter was removed from the... More »

Bannon Says He's 'Going to War for Trump'

The former chief strategist is already back at Breitbart

(Newser) - That didn't take long. Politico reports that within hours of leaving the White House , Steve Bannon was back as executive chairman of Breitbart News. In fact, President Trump's former chief strategist got back to his old website so quickly he was able to lead the Friday evening editorial... More »

Bannon Is Out. Does It Change Anything?

Critics say don't expect a brand new Trump

(Newser) - After seven months as President Trump's chief strategist, Stephen Bannon is out of the administration . Vox looks at what Bannon's departure means for the White House and debunks the idea that Bannon was "Trump's brain." Long story short: Bannon was one of the few Trump... More »

Steve Bannon Is Leaving White House

White House confirms Friday is his last day

(Newser) - Steve Bannon is out as White House chief strategist. After multiple reports surfaced about his imminent departure, the White House confirmed that Friday is Bannon's last day on the job, reports the New York Times . One of the newspaper's sources says the resignation was actually Bannon's idea,... More »

South Korea's President: 'There Will Be No War'

President Moon Jae-in says he has 'firm agreement' with Trump

(Newser) - Concerned about a possible war on the Korean peninsula? Don't be—it won't happen, says South Korea, which claims President Trump won't strike North Korea without its say-so. "No matter what options the United States and President Trump want to use, they have promised to have... More »

Steve Bannon Has a Scaramucci Moment

In unsolicited interview, he calls far right 'a collection of clowns'

(Newser) - Has Steve Bannon taken a page from the Mooch's playbook? In a move reminiscent of Anthony Scaramucci's fateful New Yorker interview, the White House strategist opened up to Robert Kuttner at liberal magazine American Prospect in an unsolicited interview. On Charlottesville, Bannon described the far right as a... More »

Bannon Appears to Be in Trump's Doghouse

CBS says he could be out this week, while NYT says he's in 'internal exile'

(Newser) - "The Mooch" thinks Steve Bannon should be fired, but does President Trump agree? That seems to be a big topic of conversation in DC, and multiple reports suggest that the senior White House adviser may not have much time left in his post. CBS News , for example, reports that... More »

Trump Should Fear Damage Bannon Can Do In White House

In Bannon-McMaster tiff, McMaster isn't the real problem, 'WSJ' editors warn

(Newser) - New White House chief of staff John Kelly certainly has his fair share of challenges ahead of him—and one of them might be mitigating a coordinated alt-right attack against President Trump's national security adviser. The Wall Street Journal editorial board weighs in on what appears to be a... More »

Scaramucci Literally Accuses Bannon of Figurative Autofellatio

White House communications director gives jaw-dropping interview

(Newser) - To say this New Yorker interview with the new White House communications director is unusual is an understatement, especially when it includes accusations of autofellatio against Steve Bannon. Anthony Scaramucci called Ryan Lizza on Wednesday, upset the New Yorker reporter had tweeted about a dinner Scaramucci attended with President Trump,... More »

New Name Surfaces in FBI's Russia Probe

The 'Guardian' says UK politician Nigel Farage is a 'person of interest'

(Newser) - The Guardian is floating the name of UK politician Nigel Farage as a figure in the FBI's Russia investigation. The newspaper reports that Farage—who was a big backer of Brexit, as well as a supporter of then-candidate Donald Trump—is a "person of interest" in the agency'... More »

Selfie Inadvertently Reveals Bannon's 'To-Do List'

And one item may end up hurting the administration in court

(Newser) - When Steve Bannon moved into his office in the White House, he moved out bookshelves and a couch to make room for a bunch of big whiteboards, CNN reports. Thanks to "America's rabbi," we now know what's on at least one of those whiteboards. According to... More »

Trump on Bannon: 'Alt-Left' Strategist Gets a 'Bad Rap'

Bannon's actually a 'very decent guy,' president insists to Bloomberg

(Newser) - Just a few weeks ago, Steve Bannon was deemed a "marked man," but President Trump has a different take on him, per a Monday interview with Bloomberg . His chief strategist is a "very decent guy" who's gotten a "bad rap," Trump noted, adding that... More »

Former Breitbart Editor Leaving White House

Sebastian Gorka served as a national security adviser

(Newser) - Insiders say a former Breitbart editor with links to the far right will be leaving the White House in the days to come—and it isn't Steve Bannon. According to CNN 's sources, former Breitbart national security editor Sebastian Gorka, who has been serving as a national security... More »

Steve Bannon: the Hollywood Bigwig Who Wasn't?

Trump's strategist brags about his time in Tinseltown, but others' memories are murky

(Newser) - Over the past eight months, Steve Bannon has worked his way into the general US consciousness, first as an ex-Breitbart exec tapped as Trump's new campaign chief , next as a "terrifying man" who wanted to set the DC establishment ablaze, and finally, as a White House fixture . But... More »

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