Former White House strategist Steve Bannon has stepped down from Breitbart News, the Washington-based, right-wing website.
According to a statement on the Breitbart site, Bannon — who had served as executive chairman since 2012 — will work with the organization during a transition period.
Breitbart chief executive Larry Solov said: “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.”
The move followed news last week that Bannon made controversial statements about President Donald Trump in Michael Wolff’s scathing new political tell-all Fire and Fury.
Trump had lashed out at Bannon for comments made in the book, which questions the president’s fitness for office.
Bannon tried to make amends, issuing a statement Sunday praising the president’s eldest son.
Trump’s lawyer had tried to block publication of the book, but the publisher responded by releasing the book four days ahead of schedule.
In the statement on the Breitbart site, Bannon said: “I’m proud of what the Breitbart team has accomplished in so short a period of time in building out a world-class news platform.”