Steve Bannon's exit from the White House caused quite an uproar last week and it is quite clear that the uproar is not going to die down anytime soon. Speaking to media, Dave Bossie, former deputy campaign manager for Trump, found himself having to ward off questions about why Bannon left and whether his departure on Friday was voluntary. Bossie's stance is that Bannon is now free to increase pressure on Congress leaders. It has been rumored that Bannon had, in the recent weeks, recommended to President Trump that he would push through the Mexican wall building funding by vetoing any proposal that did not include this.
Bossie refuses to comment on Bannon exit reasons
Responding to questions about whether Bannon had quit or was asked to leave, Bossie adroitly avoided the query and said that staff changes occur regularly in every President's team and this was nothing out of the ordinary. He refused to hint at any 'one person' who may have been instrumental in moving Bannon out of the White House.
There has been a lot of speculation about whether Trump, who considered Bannon a close ally, had grown tired in recent times with the latter's hard-nosed approach that was drawing a lot of attention. That the President was a bit disenchanted with Bannon was somewhat evident from his lukewarm defense of the latter during an interaction last week, where he repeatedly pointed out that Bannon had become part of his team only at a later stage. Meanwhile, Bannon supporters are saying that he had given in his resignation two weeks ago and that his exit was purely voluntary.
Did Bannon quit to help John Kelly?
Yet another bit of news doing the rounds is that the exit of Bannon was inevitable after John Kelly stepped in as Chief of Staff. Bannon already had strongly opposing views with a number of key people close to the President, including Ivanka and Jared Kushner, in particular, and this had led to some serious clashes in the past. It was in a bid to allow John Kelly to start afresh without such issues that Bannon had decided to quit, some say.
There have also been questions raised about how effective Trump will be as President now that the man who is popularly seen as the brains behind several key policies, has quit. However, Bossie refutes these claims and states that it was always the President who spearheaded the policymaking, never Bannon.