Of all the people surrounding Donald Trump in the White House, no one has received as much backlash and criticism as Steve Bannon. While Bannon has been seen as one of the president's closest allies, his days working for the administration could soon be coming to an end.

Trump on Bannon

Not long after Donald Trump locked up the Republican presidential nomination last summer, it was obvious that major changes were needed in order to challenge Hillary Clinton in the general election. The biggest move came when Paul Manafort was replaced by Republican pollster Kellyanne Conway as campaign manager when his financial ties to Russia were made public.

Along with Conway, the former host of "The Apprentice" recruited Steve Bannon to leave his job as the head of Breitbart News and serve in the newly created position of "campaign CEO." The addition of Bannon quickly raised red flags as Breitbart News has long been known to cater the fringe elements on the far right-wing. Critics have gone as far as to label the publication and Bannon as "white nationalists," who are pushing an alleged racist and political agenda. Despite the negative reception to his addition, Trump was able to defeated Clinton last November, and promoted Bannon to the role of chief strategist in the White House. While Bannon seemed like a welcomed addition to the team in the first week of the administration, trouble has been brewing as of late, with the former head of Breitbart News privately clashing with Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner.

Recent reports claim that the president could soon fire Bannon, which seemed apparent after he removed him from his spot on the National Security Counsel earlier this month. During an April 12 interview with the Wall Street Journal, Trump gave another hint that Bannon's days could soon be numbered.

While speaking to the Wall Street Journal on Wednesday, Donald Trump opened up about Steve Bannon, but appeared to dismiss his relevance in the White House.

Referring to Bannon only as "a guy who works for me," Trump shot down that he is influenced much by his chief strategist, stating that he alone is his own "strategist."


Donald Trump's comments echo similar sediments to what he told reporter Michael Goodwin of the New York Post on Tuesday night.

"I like Steve," the president said, before reminding him that Bannon "was not involved in my campaign until very late." On the reported issues between Bannon and Jared Kushner, Trump replied, "I told them to straighten it out or I will."