President Donald Trump’s chief strategist Steve Bannon has been fired
CNN Politics is reporting President Donald Trump’s chief strategist Steve Bannon has been fired, two White House officials told CNN Friday.
A source told CNN that Bannon was given the option to resign but was forced out. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed Bannon’s departure but did not say whether he was fired or resigned.
“White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and Steve Bannon have mutually agreed today would be Steve’s last day. We are grateful for his service and wish him the best,” Sanders said in a statement.
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Trump surrogates circling the wagons defending his misogyny towards Mika Brzezinski, including former communications advisor Jason Miller.
Jason Miller, a former communications advisor to President Donald Trump, echoed the White House talking point that the president should be able to attack MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski because she has made personal comments about him. However, Miller thought that she should have taken the high road instead of “punching back 10 times harder.”
“What I would have said is, ‘look, let’s go and call out the fact that Joe and her had been attacking you for weeks and months now,’” Miller said about his own suggestion for deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
“The fact they have attacked his mental state and compared him to someone with dementia,” he continued. “They call him an embarrassment on the world stage and go and lay these different comments out and make them go and defend their previous comments. The way the president laid it out, it gave an opening for folks to come back and criticize him. But he has every right to come back and push back.”
In the next breath, however, Miller said that Brzezinski doesn’t also have that same freedom. More from the Raw Story here.
White House reporter Brian Karem calls out Deputy Press Secretary Sanders.
A White House reporter called out Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Tuesday after the deputy press secretary went on a lengthy rant bashing the press for its coverage of the Trump administration.
The two had a spirited back-and-forth after Sanders started the press briefing by going after CNN for a story about an official that it retracted and apologized for over the weekend.
Sanders also criticized other news outlets for their coverage of the Russia controversy surrounding President Donald Trump and his administration.
“News outlets get to go on day after day and cite unnamed sources, use stories without sources,”
Sanders said. “You mentioned the [CNN] story, where they had to have reporters resign.”
Brian Karem, a reporter for the Sentinel newspapers – a Washington, DC-area chain – then jumped in to voice his displeasure with the rant.
“You’re inflaming everybody right here, right now, with those words,”
he said, pointing out that the administration has also gotten facts wrong in the past.
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