Steve Bannon, a former top aide of U.S. President Donald Trump, stepped down from his post as executive chairman of Breitbart News on Tuesday.
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According to the New York Times, Bannon's departure from Breitbart was forced by a patron of the publication, Rebekah Mercer.
A Breitbart statement said that Bannon and the publication will work together on a smooth and orderly transition.
Im proud of what the Breitbart team has accomplished in so short a period of time in building out a world-class news platform. Bannon said.
Bannon on Sunday backed away from derogatory comments ascribed to him about Trump's son in the new White House expos, Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House. In the book, Bannon also attacked Trump's daughter Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner
The book also quotes Bannon describing the presidents daughter as dumb as a brick. And, according to a previous report, he called her the "queen of leaks."
Bannon is also quoted as saying that a June 2016 meeting with a group of Russians attended by Donald Trump Jr. and his fathers top campaign officials was treasonous and unpatriotic.
The president responded by saying Bannon had lost his mind, and the White House suggested the hard-right news site Breitbart News part ways with Bannon as its executive chairman.
Commenting on Bannon's departure, Breitbart Chief Executive Larry Solov released a statement saying, "Steve is a valued part of our legacy, and we will always be grateful for his contributions, and what he has helped us to accomplish."