John F. Kelly

Steve Bannon out as Trump's chief strategist

Steve Bannon out as Trump's chief strategist

Exactly a year and a day ago, Donald Trump tapped the conservative media insurgent Stephen K. Bannon as chief executive of his campaign, affirming that while Trump was the nominee, his was a hostile takeover of the Republican Party: With Bannon, he would take the party in a new direction — nationalist, nativist and economically populist.

Bannon got considerable credit for Trump’s upset win and then, as chief strategist in the White House, for his early orders against immigrants and refugees, and more.

On Friday, he was out.

Perhaps appropriately, his ouster came in a week in which Trump left no doubt that his own voice — and the racially divisive rhetoric that comes with...

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