On Friday, Drudge Report scooped The New York Times and reported that White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, who also served as Trump’s chief campaign strategist in the latter months of the campaign, is out at the White House. According to the Times, Bannon submitted his resignation to Trump on August 7, but the announcement of his ouster was delayed until today thanks to the events in Charlottesville. Bannon claims that he’s leaving voluntarily; Trump’s aides insist he’s being fired. It doesn’t really matter much — Trump obviously sidelined Bannon in favor of a wide variety of characters ranging from Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump to HR McMaster and John Kelly. Bannon’s influence had waned.
But Bannon still had his connections to the Mercer family, Trump’s top funders, and so Trump couldn’t overtly dump him. It would make sense that Bannon finally got tired of being a marginal player and wanted out.