Ousted: Trump pushes out controversial aide Steve Bannon

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  • worf McAllen, TX
    Aug. 20, 2017 9:11 a.m.

    A national debt equal to eight hundred thousand dollars for every second of a year, acts of terrorism, and a high poverty rate, are strong evidence that America has been fooled by false news reporting, and dishonest leadership. Most Americans don't even know how their tax money is used! Sorry, but there is no reason for a national debt! No reason at all, or for many being on their knees for government help. We've been cheated, and people don't even know it.

    Non of this was not caused by Donald Trump.

    Many folks are angrily barking up the wrong tree.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Aug. 19, 2017 2:30 p.m.

    "Romney was right and this helped usher out Bannon. He will keep up with conspiracy theories but nobody reads Breibart."

    Unfortunately, there are a lot of foolish people who do read Breitbart.

    That's what makes the REAL fake news site so dangerous.

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    Aug. 19, 2017 1:16 p.m.

    Worf said "If a man robbed a bank, the media would have people thinking it was Trump. Sad!"

    Not exactly correct. The media might report that the man robbed the bank because Trump called banks fake.... or more likely....

    A more accurate story line would be Trump would blame the bank for the robbery instead, saying they charged the man too much, so he was justified in robbing it.

    Trump's prepared speech was actually pretty good.... and yes.... it didn't get the full coverage it deserved. But the problem is even if it had, Trump would have discredited his own comments with what he said in an unprepared Q & A session. Trump is just used to everyone having to believe what he says. He isn't used to people actually calling him out on what he says... He isn't making the transition from CEO of a closely held corporation where his word is final, to President of the United States where HE is the servant of the people.

    Trump will never loose his base because he will continue to have tax payer funded campaign rallies.... but he for now has lost just about everyone else.

  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 19, 2017 10:58 a.m.

    Romney was right and this helped usher out Bannon. He will keep up with conspiracy theories but nobody reads Breibart.

  • Ralph Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 19, 2017 10:53 a.m.

    I'm taking bets on when Trump resigns and claims a yuge victory.

    My bet is that he doesn't last beyond the first of next year.

    Any takers?

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    Aug. 19, 2017 10:15 a.m.

    Ousted: Trump pushes out controversial aide Steve Bannon

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    Steve Bannon was A problem.
    Steve Bannon was not THE problem.

  • Furry1993 Ogden, UT
    Aug. 19, 2017 9:42 a.m.

    Ralph - Aug. 18, 2017 1:53 p.m.

    Hmmm, that's interesting......the fourth estate, one of the pillars of our society, is actually the greatest threat to us.
    That is truly profound....or else bat-dung insane.
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    That sounds bat-dung insane to me.

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    worf - Aug. 19, 2017 9:00 a.m.

    Most all presidents have removed people to improve their presidency.
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    Nothing can improve the current atrocity in the White House.
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    Some folks are narrow thinkers and allow the media to shape their thoughts.
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    Sadly they're the ones who still allow themselves to be conned by the titular head of the government now in the White House and the fake news propounded by the far right extremists.

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    If a man robbed a bank, the media would have people thinking it was Trump. Sad!---------------------------
    No true. If the robbery was done by Trump, or done by someone else, the correct perpetrator would be identified. The mainstream media isn't like the fake news Breitbart, et al. -- the mainstream media tells the truth.

  • worf McAllen, TX
    Aug. 19, 2017 9:00 a.m.

    Most all presidents have removed people to improve their presidency.

    Many times it's not reported!

    Some folks are narrow thinkers and allow the media to shape their thoughts.

    If a man robbed a bank, the media would have people thinking it was Trump. Sad!

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Aug. 19, 2017 8:48 a.m.

    Donald's ghost writer of the book Art of the Deal is forecasting that Donald will soon become so angry and frustrated that he will resign so he can proclaim some kind of victory just as he has done many times in the past in his business dealings.

    But I'm very afraid that instead of "declaring victory," he will incite violence among his faithful followers to help him in his holy cause of "Making America Great Again."

    That prospect is not at all far-fetched. We may be facing armed insurrection by the extreme right.

    What we really need is some men and women in the GOP and elsewhere who will have the courage to act preemptively and try to Make America Sane Again by impeaching The Donald before the harm he is doing becomes irreversible.

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    Aug. 19, 2017 8:28 a.m.

    Trumpistan.

    Another Day - another reality TV star firing.

    Sad.
    So UN-Presidential.
    So UN-Fit for Office.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Aug. 19, 2017 8:21 a.m.

    The greatest threat to America are those who have become convinced that the greatest threat to America is a corrupt media and hateful Hollywood.

    People who believe that are among those who will need to be watched lest they heed a call to take up arms in defense of 45.

  • Furry1993 Ogden, UT
    Aug. 19, 2017 7:26 a.m.

    Bannon hasn't really been "pushed out". He's just been relocated. He's still able to do all the damage to the country now that he was doing while in the White House. The only thing that's changed is the fact that there is no longer a demonstrable link between Bannon and the titular head of the United States government. Anyone who thinks Bannon and the titular head aren't working together and colluding to bring down what is good and decent about the United States (and, in the process, providing monetary enhancement to the titular head) is being deliberately obtuse.

  • JBs Logan, UT
    Aug. 18, 2017 10:09 p.m.

    Bannon got too much attention from the new book by Josh Green, attention taken away from Trump. That couldn't be tolerated.

    But fear not. Nothing will change. It will still be complete chsos, because that is how Trump thrives, even though it hurts the country.

  • Liberal On Planet Zion SLC, UT
    Aug. 18, 2017 8:57 p.m.

    Sanefan - Wellsville, UT

    "Uh, Lia, that was the famous saying back in the early 70's related to the great city of Seattle, when Boeing threatened to leave. Seattle is alive and well. Thank you very much".

    Thank you comrade for unknowingly proving with your own words how a "liberal utopia" such as Seattle is "alive and well". No Sanefan thank you very much comrade.

  • Lia Sandy, UT
    Aug. 18, 2017 7:50 p.m.

    Sanefan,
    We have winter homes in Friday Harbor and on Whitney Island. Grew up there. You're right.
    But ...it's from all over.
    It was also said of Placerville when gold played out 150 years ago.
    Still aplicable all over.

  • Sanefan Wellsville, UT
    Aug. 18, 2017 7:21 p.m.

    JSB, You win the post of the day award!

  • Sanefan Wellsville, UT
    Aug. 18, 2017 7:13 p.m.

    Uh, Lia, that was the famous saying back in the early 70's related to the great city of Seattle, when Boeing threatened to leave. Seattle is alive and well. Thank you very much.

  • SLars Provo, UT
    Aug. 18, 2017 5:40 p.m.

    Trump never pushed him out, Kelly did. Sometimes people don't get along.

    Name a President that never had any turnover in their administration.

  • JSB Sugar City, ID
    Aug. 18, 2017 5:33 p.m.

    "The greatest threat to America is...corrupt..." immoral, selfish, greedy, mean-spirited, dishonest citizens from the least influential to the most influential. Our country is no better than the character of it's citizens.

  • Daedalus, Stephen ARVADA, CO
    Aug. 18, 2017 4:47 p.m.

    @fatenews: "Bannon Banned. Does this mean there won't be any more 'bans'".

    Anyone else read this comment and think of the song the Name Game?

    Bannon, Bannon, Bo-annon
    Banana-fana fo-fannon
    Fee-fi-mo-mannon
    Bannon!

    Happy Friday America!

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Aug. 18, 2017 4:22 p.m.

    He should never have been allowed in the building.

  • Daedalus, Stephen ARVADA, CO
    Aug. 18, 2017 4:17 p.m.

    Citizens concerned over the fate of their great and powerful nation rejoice over the sudden departure of a strange and sloven adviser with political influence far disproportionate to his dubious bonafides.

    Steve Bannon, August 18, 2017?

    Oh, please.

    Rasputin, December 30, 1916!

  • 10CC Bountiful, UT
    Aug. 18, 2017 4:05 p.m.

    When Trump "went rogue" in Round Three, and completely undid all the damage control he attempted in Round Two, it really revealed his thinking on this issue.

    Bannon getting the boot is a desperate attempt to try and swing the tide back the other way, but for anyone who was really paying attention, the "rogue" Donald Trump is the genuine article, and he'll trust Bannon and get his guidance by reading Breitbart, now.

    The all-star CEO panel failed because Trump has never been a CEO of a publicly traded company, one that has to be accountable to broader audiences. The Infrastructure advisory group was similarly disbanded as a pre-emptive defensive measure, because Trump fundamentally doesn't understand CEOs who've been accountable, and he doesn't know where sharp criticism will come from next.

    The number of people Trump can really trust is shrinking, quickly. He's in a very, very tough spot, I'm sure very angry and confused.

  • Lia Sandy, UT
    Aug. 18, 2017 3:13 p.m.

    "Will the last person to leave the White House please draw the drapes and shut off the lights?
    Thank you."

  • Bob67 Glenn Dale, MD
    Aug. 18, 2017 2:55 p.m.

    The "twilight zone" episode our White House reminds me of, is "Willoughby", where a poor suffering commuter finally gets off the train, in the dark and between stops, hoping to get to a better place.

    Most of those who have gotten off the White House train are probably happy they did!

  • Utah Girl Chronicles Eagle Mountain, UT
    Aug. 18, 2017 2:35 p.m.

    @ worf

    "The greatest threat to America is a corrupt media, and a hateful Hollywood."

    That's 100% Brietbart. The CEO of Breitbart just said that on cable.

    It will be interesting to see if you, worf, stand behind Trump as Breitbart intensifies their criticism of him. It seems like it could be a confusing conflict. Keep us posted!

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    Aug. 18, 2017 2:25 p.m.

    The Sunday morning news shows will never lack for content so long as this circus stays in town. The marginally good news is that several times this has happened, Trump has actually put a better person in as a replacement - communications chief being the huge exception.

    We need some pragmatic people working with Trump in the White House to counter some of the hyper emotionalism of Trump. The one thing Trump will need to learn eventually is in Washington, things get done by building coalitions. Trump is doing the exact opposite right now.... and unless he changes the rate at which he is spawning enemies, he tenure is doomed to failure.

  • Lia Sandy, UT
    Aug. 18, 2017 2:22 p.m.

    worf - McAllen, TX
    Aug. 18, 2017 1:20 p.m.

    "The greatest threat to America is a corrupt media, and a hateful Hollywood."

    No..the greatest threat to America is people who think the media is corrupt.
    Hollywood has no weight in this.
    Have a nice day-

  • Cheshire Cat Bronx, NY
    Aug. 18, 2017 2:09 p.m.

    marxist - Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 18, 2017 1:51 p.m.

    "I've wanted this atrocious little fascist out of the WH from the beginning. Is there hope for the Trump administration?"

    No.

    The one person that General Kelly needs to fire is the one person he can't fire. Donald Trump.

    There will be no change. Trump will continue to be Trump.

  • Mad Hatter Provo, UT
    Aug. 18, 2017 2:06 p.m.

    Watch Breitbart News. None of this is because of Donald Trump. It's all John Kelly pushing Trump to make one of his "transactional decisions" about what is in his best interests today. Tomorrow may be entirely different. So let's not celebrate. Steve Bannon may no longer be "in" the White House, but he is no "gone".

    Bannon and Trump were simpatico. They were too like-minded to expect that Bannon will no longer be an adviser to Trump. He only needs to pick up the phone and Trump will be an eager listener. Also, there's still Stephen Miller, Sebastian Gorka, Boris Epshteyn pushing the white nationalist agenda that Bannon represented.

    So Bannon is back in the shadows regarding this White House. Yet it doesn't matter. his influence with Trump remains high. They have identical views on matters like immigration, race and culture. There is only one point where Trump doesn't want anyone else to be in his administration and that is at the center of attention. He glories in the adulation he receives from his base and has had to spank Bannon for over-stepping his place in the organization. That, Trump will not tolerate. So he punishes Bannon for his sin, but he is always beholden to him.

  • Ralph Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 18, 2017 1:53 p.m.

    worf: "The greatest threat to America is a corrupt media, and a hateful Hollywood."

    The media, which is reporting on the utter depravity and moral corruption of our President is the greatest threat to America?

    Hmmm, that's interesting......the fourth estate, one of the pillars of our society, is actually the greatest threat to us.
    That is truly profound....or else bat-dung insane.

  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 18, 2017 1:51 p.m.

    I've wanted this atrocious little fascist out of the WH from the beginning. Is there hope for the Trump administration?

  • Jim Chee Ka'anapali, HI
    Aug. 18, 2017 1:35 p.m.

    But does it mean that Steve Bannon no longer has Donald Trump's ear? Remember Cory Lewandowski? He was fired, moved to CNN as a major Trump defender and apologist, and seemed to always be involved with the Trump administration. Just because Bannon no longer gets a federal paycheck doesn't mean his influence isn't sought by Trump. He's only a phone call away.

    We'll have to wait and see how this breaks out. Getting too thrilled about Bannon's ouster may be premature knowing how Trump operates. In fact, Bannon may just move on to Trumps SuperPac like Lewandowski and become a paid confident to keep the connection to the Alt-Right and Trump's loyal supporters.

    The removal of Bannon may be because of General John Kelly, but Trump decides who he is seeks advice and talks. Since the core of his base appears to be the white supremacist-types who have emerged from under the rocks, Bannon remains in close proximity. Trump knows their adulation, and he has shown that he is essentially one of them. It doesn't matter. Trump is Trump and will always be Trump. Expect true change is folly.

    Also, you still have Stephen Miller and Sebastian Gorka in the White House. So what, really, has changed?

  • Liberal On Planet Zion SLC, UT
    Aug. 18, 2017 1:32 p.m.

    worf -

    "The greatest threat to America is a corrupt media, and a hateful Hollywood".

    The greatest threat to America Worf is the low information demographic which continues attempting to defend all matters regarding their supreme leader. Including the following Worf. Misogyny, bigotry, xenophobia and now the refusal to denounce Nazis/White Nationalists from the onset! Thank you and keep digging comrade.

  • xert Santa Monica, CA
    Aug. 18, 2017 1:29 p.m.

    It's sad and disheartening when a loyal and trusted "real American" is forced to leave when all he wanted to do was what is best for our nation.
    And then there's days like today---wheeeeeeeeeee!

  • worf McAllen, TX
    Aug. 18, 2017 1:20 p.m.

    The greatest threat to America is a corrupt media, and a hateful Hollywood.

  • LOU Montana Pueblo, CO
    Aug. 18, 2017 1:18 p.m.

    What a wonderful FRIDAY! Can we name it Bannon Day?

    Steve Bannon is gone but not out of the picture. He will loom around and wait for a moment to attack.

    To make this day more perfect, we can only hope Kellyanne Conway will drop out as well.

  • Mycroft , NY
    Aug. 18, 2017 1:07 p.m.

    I think that Bannon, with his American Prospect interview, deliberately forced Trump to fire him -- because whereas The Mooch might not grasp the protocol of "on" versus "off" the record with a journalist, Bannon certainly understands that, and would make no such blunder. Perhaps Bannon saw that, with the arrival of John Kelly, the writing was on the wall.

    Politically I don't think firing Bannon will help Trump. It will enrage many among his alt-right base, but won't placate anyone else -- because we can now so clearly see (after Charlottesville) that the racist demagoguery of Trumpism is coming from Trump himself, not from his seeming enablers.

    At this point, I don't want Trump to suddenly learn (or pretend to learn) to be disciplined, morally grounded, presidential. The "pivot" train has long since left the station. I want Trump to carry on being Trump, to carry on being as amoral and unhinged as his dark instincts tell him to be. I want Trump's presidency to continue its trajectory into the abyss, so that Trump's supporters, and all of us, will have to clearly face the consequences of putting a man like this in power.

  • Lia Sandy, UT
    Aug. 18, 2017 12:49 p.m.

    Good!
    THAT should fix everything...

  • FT salt lake city, UT
    Aug. 18, 2017 12:41 p.m.

    @bass679
    You are 100% correct. The election was not an either or choice. Those that voted for Trump take some responsibility to what he's done and will do to our country.

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    Aug. 18, 2017 12:41 p.m.

    He brought a lot of the fringe voters with him. Wonder what they are thinking.
    At least there is one fewer racist at the White House. Now we need to get rid of the worst one.

  • byronbca Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 18, 2017 12:41 p.m.

    Its so weird how everything the "Liberal Fake News Media" said would happen with Trump is coming true and everything Fox News Radio has been saying seems to be unraveling.

    I hope people are taking notes, on which sources of media are reliable and which are not. I can't wait to hear Sean Hannity try and spin this as all part of the master plan!

  • bass679 Novi, MI
    Aug. 18, 2017 12:35 p.m.

    I wonder what this means for some of the "True Believers" who were part of the Breitbart crowd?
    I mean the folks who were convinced Trump was their guy and no amount of deceit and double talk could sway them. Are they going to stick with their President or with the news source that pushed him to the fore-front?

    It boggles my mind how fellow conservatives have wrapped their head around Trump being the standard bearer for the Republican party. I don't understand how you can be a values voter and follow such an amoral leader. Also, it was not a binary choice of Clinton or Trump. You could have voted 3rd party or just not voted for either. voting for the "lesser of two evils" is still voting for a bad option. I add this in here because someone will decide that since I didn't vote for Mr. Trump I voted for Mrs. Clinton which would have been just as distasteful.

  • fatenews Lehi, UT
    Aug. 18, 2017 12:12 p.m.

    Bannon Banned. Does this mean there won't be any more "bans" - immigration or otherwise?

  • Craig Clark Boulder, CO
    Aug. 18, 2017 12:07 p.m.

    The everchanging West wing reminds me of the old Abbott and Costello routine of who's on first, who's on second. You need a scorecard to keep current.

  • FT salt lake city, UT
    Aug. 18, 2017 12:08 p.m.

    Earlier this week, before he disbanded his manufacturing and business councils, Trump told us he has a long list of CEO's to take the place of those leaving. Do you think he'll tell us he has a long list of white supremacist enablers willing to take Bannon's place?

  • Utah Girl Chronicles Eagle Mountain, UT
    Aug. 18, 2017 11:47 a.m.

    Bannon is going to throw Trump under the bus to such an extent, Trump will be a microscopic orange blob on the pavement.