- Stef W. Kight
- Aug 18
Today's Trump Top 5: Bannon's war after the White House
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1. He's out
Rebecca Zisser / Axios
President Trump decided to push out Bannon. Top sources tell Axios that Bannon is telling people he resigned on August 7th to be effective on August 14th, his 1-year anniversary with Trump. (He joined the campaign in August of 2016). (Statement from the White House, here. )
2. Timeline: Bannon's life in the White House
One of the few Trump officials to make more headlines than the Donald himself has been kicked out. Former Breitbart CEO Steve Bannon has had a long, controversial run with Donald Trump. See the full timeline of the highlights and lowlights, here.
3. Stocks respond...
After Axios' Jonathan Swan first reported Bannon was probably a goner, the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained more than 60 points over 20 minutes. The momentum then kept going, with another mini-spike after a the NY Times' Maggie Haberman tweeted that a decision had been made.
The response, here.
4. Transgender troops ban condemned
Evan Vucci / AP
The U.S. Commission of Civil Rights voted to condemn the ban on transgender troops, which President Trump announced on Twitter last month. The commission has urged Trump to reverse his position. There has not been any formal implementation of the ban since the president's announcement.
Key quote, here.
5. Friess vs. Romney
Keith Srakocic, Evan Vucci / AP
- Foster Friess, investment manager and GOP megadonor, told CNBC's Squawk Box today that President Trump's decision to blame both white nationalist groups and their counter-protesters for last weekend's violence in Charlottesville was correct and the resulting uproar was "politically inspired."
- Mitt Romney urged in a Facebook post that Trump should take "remedial action in the extreme" and "[s]tate forcefully and unequivocally that racists are 100% to blame for the murder and violence in Charlottesville. (More highlights, here.)
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