President Donald Trump’s chief strategist Steve Bannon has been fired, two White House officials confirmed to CNN Friday.
He was reportedly given the option to resign, but was forced out. While 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.
President Trump was reportedly furious at Bannon after he was quoted in an interview with the American Prospect contradicting him on North Korea and assuring that he was able to make personnel changes at the State Department.
Bannon’s exit comes seven months into Trump’s presidency. Three weeks ago, retired Gen. John Kelly assumed the role of chief of staff. He is one of Trump’s most controversial staffers and was generally perceived as the driving force behind Trump’s “nationalist” ideology.
A White House official told the news outlet that Bannon was supposed to be fired two weeks ago, but the move was put off.