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Rebecca Zisser / Axios

Steve Bannon has been Trump's right-hand man and, more formally, his chief strategist. Their close relationship made him one of the more influential people in the Trump administration — that is, until this week. Here's a recap of Bannon's lousy week that went from bad to worse in a span of 24 hours:

Monday:

The start of the week was relatively quiet for Bannon. A few things popped up regarding his financial disclosures, but that didn't really hurt him.

Tuesday:

Bannon is "a white supremacist-type person," Rep. Elijah Cummings said on Morning Joe. Though it's not clear how the Trump administration felt about Cummings' comment, later in the week we learned that Bannon's nationalist views reportedly created infighting with Jared Kushner.

45% of people view Bannon unfavorably, according to data from WaPo. That number has steadily increased since February.

Wednesday:

President Trump removed Bannon from the National Security Council in a move that made the media go crazy.

Drudge Report bannered the Bannon news for most of the day: "BANNON LOSES POWER IN WHITE HOUSE SHAKEUP."

Trump was reportedly annoyed with the "President Bannon" narrative that emerged from the credit Bannon received for setting Trump's agenda, several associates told NYT. The NYT also pointed out that Bannon's nationalist agenda was hurting Trump.

Bannon reportedly threatened to resign, several outlets noted. "If my talents aren't needed here, I can take them somewhere else."

Damage control: Bannon then claimed the rumors of his threat to resign were all nonsense, telling Axios: "I love a gunfight."

What Bannon allies wanted you to think: Bannon was only put on the NSC to "de-operationalize" it by monitoring Michael Flynn and Susan Rice, so it was "long-planned" to remove him from the committee and his demotion doesn't indicate a shakeup.

Thursday:

Headlines of the day:

  • "The knives are out for Stephen Bannon, and his scam is getting unmasked" —WaPo op-ed
  • "Bye Bye Bannon" —Slate
  • "Steve Bannon Isn't a Genius" —NYT op-ed

We also found out that Trump wasn't a fan of the SNL skit featuring "President Bannon" as the grim reaper.

Friday:

Axios exclusively learned about potential WH shakeups that could include a chief of staff replacement and a resignation from Bannon. A top aide told Mike Allen it's a question of "when" not "whether" the change will come: "The tension, the exhaustion, the raw nerves have gotten much harder to disguise."

Trump tried to fix the Bannon/Kushner relationship and stop "their incessant knife-fights in the media" by overseeing a meeting between the two, NYT reports.

#FireBannon began trending on Twitter late Friday night.

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The big picture: Sanctions are among the most powerful tools the U.S. has to influence its adversaries’ behavior without using force. But they frequently fail to bring down regimes or moderate their behavior, and they can increase the suffering of civilians and resentment of the U.S.

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Angela Merkel took up her vaunted mantle as Europe's crisis manager for what could be the last time tonight, as she urged the EU to find compromise in its showdown with Poland.

Why it matters: The European Commission has threatened to withhold over $40 billion in pandemic recovery funds after Poland's constitutional tribunal — stacked with loyalists from the ruling right-wing populist party — rejected the principle that EU law has primacy over national law.

Republicans who put it all on the line

Rep. Nancy Mace speaks with reporters after voting to hold Steve Bannon in contempt of Congress. Photo: Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images

A small contingent of House Republicans risked their political futures on Thursday, they say, in the name of constitutional responsibility.

Why it matters: The nine Republicans who voted to hold former Trump aide Steve Bannon in contempt of Congress are now in peril of becoming political pariahs. They've opened themselves up to potential primary challengers and public attacks from their party's kingmaker — former President Trump.