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ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- The secretary of Homeland Security for President Obama said that despite recent talk of "whether people should resign from the White House," the military leaders now serving in top positions for President Donald Trump need to stay to "right the ship."

ABC News Chief Global Affairs Correspondent Martha Raddatz asked former Secretary Jeh Johnson on “This Week” Sunday about recent turmoil in the White House, including with the departure of Trump's chief strategist Steve Bannon and the resignation of many people from presidential advisory councils.

"What do you think it says [that Trump] has surrounded himself with generals -- and they remain?" Raddatz asked.

"Well, that's interesting," Johnson said. “There’s been a lot of talk this week about people resigning from the White House, whether people should resign from the White House."

"Frankly, if John Kelly, or my friend Jim Mattis, came to me and said, 'I'm thinking about resigning from this White House,' I'd say, 'Absolutely not. You have to stay,' " Johnson said. "We need people like John Kelly, Jim Mattis, H.R. McMaster to right the ship."

The former Homeland Security chief was referring to retired Marine Gen. John Kelly, who is Trump's new chief of staff; retired Marine Gen. James Mattis, defense secretary; and Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, national security adviser.

Johnson also weighed in on Trump’s recent comments suggesting that removing public monuments of Confederate figures such as Robert E. Lee could lead to taking down statues of the nation's founders who owned slaves, such as George Washington and Thomas Jefferson.

“I think most Americans understand, most African-Americans understand, that many of the founders of our nation were slave owners.” Johnson said. “But most of us are not advocating that we take them off the currency or drop Washington's name from the nation’s capital.”

The problem, he said, is that "Confederate monuments are now, modern-day, becoming symbols and rallying points for white nationalism, for neo-Nazis, for the KKK. And this is most alarming.”

Johnson noted that he has family roots near Charlottesville, Virginia, where violence broke out on Aug. 12 after a gathering of white nationalists. “My great-grandfather was born a slave in 1860 in Lynchburg,” he said. “He was freed by Abraham Lincoln when he was a child.”

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Anadolu Agency/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The White House is indeed divided.

That's the claim being made by Stephen Bannon in a new interview, following his departure Friday from the White House as President Trump's chief strategist. Bannon, 63, is returning to Breitbart News as executive chairman.

"No administration in history has been so divided among itself about the direction about where it should go," Bannon told The Washington Post on Saturday, adding that the president's base is frustrated by a congressional agenda that meshes with traditional Republican priorities more so than the agenda Trump campaigned on during the election.

Bannon said both Republicans and Democrats need to focus on issues concerning the working class.

He said Republican leadership must embrace Trump's plans for taxes, trade and a U.S.-Mexico border wall -- or it will alienate the president's base.

"If the Republican Party on Capitol Hill gets behind the president on his plans and not theirs, it will all be sweetness and light, be one big, happy family," Bannon said.

But don't count on that "sweetness" happening anytime soon, Bannon said.

Bannon told The Washington Post that the feuding going on in the White House and the Republican leadership ranks don't completely mirror the country's divisions.

"The tensions in the White House are slightly different than the tensions in the country. It’s still a divided country," Bannon said. "Fifty percent of the people did not support President Trump. Most of those people do not support his policies in any way, shape or form."

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Drew Angerer/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Facing calls from members of his Yale graduating class to resign, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin on Saturday night defended President Trump's response to the Charlottesville violence and reaffirmed his commitment to remain in the Trump cabinet.

The letter, penned Friday and signed as of Saturday by more than 350 members of Yale's 1985 graduating class, called on Mnuchin to resign from his post, calling it a "moral obligation."

Mnuchin's classmates say they felt compelled to write and publish the letter "because President Trump has declared himself a sympathizer with groups whose values are antithetical to those values we consider fundamental to our sacred honor as Americans, as men and women of Yale, and as decent human beings."

"We know you are better than this, and we are counting on you to do the right thing," the letter read.
Mnuchin was among a group of aides and cabinet members who stood beside the president at a press conference on Tuesday, during which Trump called participants in a white nationalist rally "very fine people."

In his response to the letter from his former classmates, Mnuchin defended Trump and took the opportunity to reiterate his stance on the events that unfolded in Charlottesville last weekend.

"While I find it hard to believe I should have to defend myself on this, or the president, I feel compelled to let you know that the president in no way, shape or form, believes that neo-Nazi and other hate groups who endorse violence are equivalent to groups that demonstrate in peaceful and lawful ways," he wrote.

"Our President deserves the opportunity to propose his agenda and to do so without the attempts by those who opposed him in the primaries, in the general election and beyond to distract the administration and the American people from these most important policy issues -– jobs, economic growth, and national security," Mnuchin wrote.

My statement on #Charlottesville and #Yale classmate's inquiries.

— Steven Mnuchin (@stevenmnuchin1) August 20, 2017

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Scott Eisen/Getty Images(BOSTON) -- President Donald Trump tweeted support for the Boston Police Department handling of the free speech rally and counterprotest march held on Saturday afternoon. The President commended the the protesters "who are speaking out against bigotry and hate."

I want to applaud the many protestors in Boston who are speaking out against bigotry and hate. Our country will soon come together as one!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 19, 2017

Boston Police arrested 27 people during the protests.

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh responded to the President by tweeting the city of Boston stood for "peace and love, not bigotry and hate." He also said they should work toward unity.

Today, Boston stood for peace and love, not bigotry and hate. We should work to bring people together, not apart.

— Mayor Marty Walsh (@marty_walsh) August 19, 2017

The rally and protest march ended earlier than expected. Following the rally, President Trump tweeted thanks and "great job" to Boston Mayor Marty Walsh.


On Saturday, after the Boston rally and protest march ended, Trump tweeted thanks and "great job" to Boston Mayor Marty Walsh.

Walsh tweeted Saturday morning asking for peace and respect at Saturday's "Free Speech" rally and counter-protests.

"I ask everyone to be peaceful today and respect our City," he wrote. "Love, not hate. We stand together against intolerance."

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@SenJohnMcCain/Twitter(WASHINGTON) -- The boys are back.

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.; Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.; and former Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn. -- previously dubbed "The Three Amigos" by retired Gen. David Petraeus -- headed on Saturday to Arizona's Oak Creek Canyon, where they hiked and waded in water. McCain's daughter Meghan joined the trio.

McCain tweeted a photo of the casually dressed, baseball cap-wearing group.

The three amigos together again!

— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) August 19, 2017

McCain, who is battling brain cancer, has finished his first round of chemotherapy and radiation treatment, Meghan McCain announced on Friday.

In another photo McCain tweeted, he and Lieberman are wading in the water.

Where's Lindsey?

— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) August 19, 2017

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Anadolu Agency/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- President Trump is cheering his former chief strategist Steve Bannon's return to leading the conservative media outlet Breitbart News after his forced resignation from the White House.

Trump tweeted from his Bedminster, New Jersey, golf club Saturday that Bannon may be "even better than ever before" in his return to Breitbart.

Steve Bannon will be a tough and smart new voice at @BreitbartNews...maybe even better than ever before. Fake News needs the competition!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 19, 2017

The White House has not said whether President Trump and Bannon have spoken since Bannon was forced to resign from his post Friday as chief strategist.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said the departure, effective Friday, was "mutually agreed" to by Bannon and chief of staff John Kelly.

"We are grateful for his service and wish him the best," Sanders added in a statement to ABC News.

A source close to Trump told ABC News that it was ultimately the president's decision to dismiss Bannon. The message was delivered Friday morning from Kelly, who was with the president at his golf resort in Bedminster. Bannon was at the White House when he received the call that it was time for him to leave.

Bannon had submitted a letter of resignation to the president earlier this month with an effective date of Monday, Aug. 14, according to sources close to both Bannon and Trump. But amid the fallout from Trump's controversial response to the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, last weekend and earlier this week, Bannon's Aug. 14 resignation date came and went as the president considered Bannon's future, sources said. Meanwhile, several top Trump aides continued to make the case that he needed to go.

Prior to joining the Trump administration, Bannon served as executive chairman of Breitbart News. On Friday evening, in the top story on its homepage, Breitbart announced Bannon's return to the media company to again serve as executive chairman.

" 'Populist Hero’ Stephen K. Bannon Returns Home to Breitbart," reads the headline.

Bannon has clashed with virtually every top official in the White House. Atop his list of in-house detractors were Kelly, senior adviser Jared Kushner and national security adviser Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster.

One of McMaster's first moves was to remove Bannon from his seat at the National Security Council, a move that angered him. And his appointment as the council's chief political strategist was hugely controversial when it was first announced via executive order at the start of the administration.

Over the weekend, McMaster refused to say whether he would continue to work with Bannon.

Bannon joined the Trump campaign in August. He would become known as a fearless and critically influential adviser to the president, but has now become the latest high-profile aide to leave the White House. On July 21, press secretary Sean Spicer resigned, followed by chief of staff Reince Priebus. White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci was fired a few days later, serving just 11 days in that role.

On Tuesday, the president told reporters at Trump Tower that Bannon was a "good man” and “not a racist.”

"I like Mr. Bannon. He's a friend of mine. But Mr. Bannon came on very late. You know that. I went through 17 senators, governors -- and I won all the primaries. Mr. Bannon came on very much later than that," Trump said before adding, "But we'll see what happens with Mr. Bannon."

Trump had grown increasingly frustrated with Bannon in recent weeks, according to one senior White House official, and dissatisfaction from within Trump's inner circle was compounded Wednesday by his interview in American Prospect magazine, in which he seemed to undercut the president on North Korea.

"There's no military solution here. They got us," Bannon told the magazine.

In an interview with Bloomberg News, Bannon confirmed rumors shared with ABC News by a source close to the former chief strategist that he would continue to work in the president's interests.

"If there’s any confusion out there, let me clear it up: I’m leaving the White House and going to war for Trump against his opponents -- on Capitol Hill, in the media and in corporate America,” Bannon told Bloomberg News.

After news of Bannon's demise first went viral, Breitbart's editor tweeted an ominous message: "#WAR."

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The White House(WASHINGTON) -- President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump will skip the Kennedy Center Honors, one of the nation's highest-profile event honoring performing artists, after some awardees threatened to boycott a pre-ceremony reception at the White House.

The White House announced Saturday that the Trumps would not participate in the Dec. 3 event in Washington, D.C., to avoid "political distraction."

"The president and first lady have decided not to participate in this year's activities to allow the honorees to celebrate without any political distraction," press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement, adding that the president and Melania Trump "extend their sincerest congratulations and well wishes to all of this year's award recipients for their many accomplishments."

The Kennedy Center said that in addition to the Trumps not attending, the traditional pre-ceremony reception at the White House was canceled this year. The center seemed relieved by the president's decision, saying in a statement, "We are grateful for the gesture."

"The Kennedy Center respects the decision made today by the president," said the statement tweeted by the center on Saturday.

"In choosing not to participate," it said, "the administration has graciously signaled its respect for the Kennedy Center and ensures the Honors gala remains a deservingly special moment for the honorees."

The White House announcement follows reports that honoree Norman Lear, creator of such iconic TV shows as "All in the Family," said he would accept the award this year but not attend the White House reception in protest of the president's proposed funding cuts to the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Other 2017 honorees, including musician Lionel Ritchie and singer Gloria Estefan, have also suggested they were considering not attending.

“I am honored to accept the award," Lear told the Los Angeles Times on Aug. 4. "I could not respect the arts and humanities more, and I could not be more honored to be in the company that are being honored. ... But I will not be going to the White House.”

In addition, actor Kal Penn, artist Chuck Close and the entire membership of the largely inactive President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities resigned en masse on Friday, slamming the president's response to violence in Charlottesville last weekend.

"Ignoring your hateful rhetoric would have made us complicit in your words and actions," reads the letter signed by 16 of the committee's 17 members.

Past presidents have used the Kennedy Center Honors, now in its 40th year, as an opportunity to honor storied artists and entertainers with the White House reception followed by the president's attendance at a black-tie ceremony at the Kennedy Center.

Former President Jimmy Carter skipped in 1979 during the Iran hostage crisis, and former President Bill Clinton also skipped in 1994 as he embarked on a trip to Budapest for a security conference on Europe.

In December 2008, there was potential drama when Barbra Streisand, a liberal critic of President George W. Bush and the war in Iraq, was among the Kennedy Center honorees. She went to the White House for the reception, and Bush seemed to acknowledge her criticism in his remarks.

“Barbra is also a person with passionate convictions and opinions that she is not afraid to share," Bush said. "I don’t know, at least that’s what they tell me. You know, it kind of makes me think of another Barbara I know."

It's not the first time Trump has bucked presidential tradition by skipping a potentially awkward event. In February, he made a point of not attending the White House Correspondents' Dinner.

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@realDonaldTrump/Twitter(WASHINGTON) -- President Donald Trump on Friday signed the Global War on Terrorism War Memorial Act, a move he documented by posting to his social media accounts a photo of the signing at Camp David while flanked by thirteen cabinet members and other staff.

Today, I signed the Global War on Terrorism War Memorial Act (#HR873.) The bill authorizes....cont➡️

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 19, 2017

The legislation clears the way for construction of a memorial to U.S. service members who have fought in the war on terror.

Included in the photo Trump shared are Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Secretary of Defense James Mattis, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin, Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke and CIA Director Mike Pompeo.

The bill authorizes a nonprofit called the Global War on Terrorism Memorial Foundation to oversee the creation of the monument, slated for Washington's National Mall.

"We’re looking forward to building a sacred place of healing and remembrance for our veterans and their families, and want to thank our partners and advocates who worked tirelessly on Capitol Hill to pass this bipartisan legislation," said Andrew Brennan, the foundation’s founder and director.

According to Stars & Stripes, it is the first bill in recent history approving a national war memorial before the fighting is over.

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Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images(PHOENIX) -- John McCain, who is battling an aggressive form of brain cancer, has finished the first round of radiation and chemotherapy treatment, according to his daughter, Meghan McCain, on Friday.

My father completed first round radiation/chemo. His resilience & strength is incredible. Fight goes on, here's to small wins. #fuckcancer

— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) August 18, 2017

The Arizona Republican lawmaker returned to Phoenix in late July to begin treatment at the Mayo Clinic for glioblastoma.

In a statement released July 28, his office said, "In accordance with the guidance of his physicians, Sen. McCain is returning to Arizona to undergo further treatment at Mayo Clinic. On Monday, July 31, he will begin a standard post-surgical regimen of targeted radiation and chemotherapy. During that time, Sen. McCain will maintain a work schedule. He plans to return to Washington at the conclusion of the August recess."

Shortly after his daughter tweeted the update on his treatment, McCain on Friday tweeted a photo with staff at the Mayo Clinic.

Thank you to the wonderful team @MayoClinic - we appreciate everything you do!

— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) August 19, 2017

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Scott J. Ferrell/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Donald Trump is facing fresh criticism over his response to the deadly violence that broke in Charlottesville last Saturday. A bipartisan group of lawmakers denounced the president's statements blaming "both sides" after counterprotesters clashed with neo-Nazis and white nationalists, leaving one dead and more than a dozen people injured.

Rep. André Carson, D-Ind., is among those criticizing Trump’s comments. Carson recently sponsored a House resolution calling on the president to fire white nationalists serving in his administration, he told ABC News' congressional correspondent Mary Bruce and national political reporter MaryAlice Parks on ABC's “Powerhouse Politics” podcast.

“Condemning neo-Nazis and white supremacists should be easy,” the Indianapolis Democrat said. Carson, however, argues that the president decided to "stand up" for "bigots and defend a domestic terrorist organization."

In his Tuesday press conference, Trump said, “You had many people in that group other than neo-Nazis and white nationalists. ... You had some fine people.” Carson said he believes the president’s failure to condemn white nationalists outright is "disgraceful and, quite frankly, unpresidential.”

While Republican lawmakers such as Sen. Marco Rubio and Gov. John Kasich have taken to Twitter to condemn Trump’s comments, Carson believes their criticism could go further. “I would love to see my Republican colleagues speak out more boldly,” he said.

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., has also faced criticism for his failure to denounce the president’s words. Carson said that while the speaker has a “tough job,” he would “get more respect from his constituents and from the American people if he becomes bolder in rebuking and distancing himself from the Trump administration.”

That not more Republicans have spoken up against the president’s statements may isolate racial, ethnic and religious minorities, Carson said. Trump has "a history and a habit of minimizing groups of people," he said.

Carson said these statues “mythologize” historical figures, such as General Robert E. Lee, who led controversial lives. President Trump, however, disagreed. He took to Twitter on Thursday to argue that if localities begin to remove statues of Confederate figures, others -- such as Thomas Jefferson and George Washington -- may have their statues removed as well.

Does Carson think Trump’s recent firing of White House chief strategist Steve Bannon is a step in the right direction? Not quite. “He should have never been hired in the first place,” Carson said.

As summer nears its end, the Trump administration has faced several setbacks, including the president’s controversial comments about Charlottesville; the firing of several top aides, including Bannon and Anthony Scaramucci; and rising tensions with North Korea.

“I think that this presidency is unraveling before our eyes,” Carson said.

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Michael Thomas/Getty Images(JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.) -- Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens on Friday demanded the removal of a state senator who called for President Trump's assassination in a now-deleted Facebook post. Those remarks prompted an investigation by the U.S. Secret Service.

Sen. Maria Chapelle-Nadal, a Democrat, wrote on her personal Facebook page on Thursday, "I hope Trump is assassinated!" She later deleted the post.

Chapelle-Nadal has balked at calls for her resignation.

"I am not resigning," she tweeted Thursday. 

I am not resigning. When POC are respected by this WH & they are willing to do real work, I'll sit down with them. People are traumatized!

— MariaChappelleNadal (@MariaChappelleN) August 18, 2017

Greitens and Lt. Gov. Mike Parson, both Republicans, on Friday called for Chapelle-Nadal's colleagues to oust her.

Her response: "Hell no." Last night, in an interview, she refused to apologize—twice.

— Eric Greitens (@EricGreitens) August 18, 2017

If she will not resign, the Senate can vote to remove her. I believe they should.

— Eric Greitens (@EricGreitens) August 18, 2017

"If she will not resign, the Senate can vote to remove her. I believe they should," Greitens tweeted.

The Republican governor previously tweeted about Chappelle-Nadal.

In an interview with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Chappelle-Nadal said, "I didn’t mean what I put up. Absolutely not. It was in response to the concerns that I am hearing from residents of St. Louis.”

Chappelle-Nadal made the remark in response to a post that suggested Vice President Mike Pence would try to have Trump removed from office. Chappelle-Nadal said she made the comment out of frustration with the Trump's response to last weekend's white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Parson said he will ask senators to remove Chappelle-Nadal from office if she does not resign by the time lawmakers convene Sept. 13 to consider veto overrides. Parson is the presiding officer of the Senate, though he can only vote to break ties and cannot sponsor legislation or make motions for votes.

"She is no longer fit to serve our state," Parson said at a Capitol press conference on Friday.

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MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Lawmakers are reacting to the news that Steve Bannon, the embattled White House chief strategist, has resigned from his post.

Bannon, a controversial figure in the Trump administration because of his tenure leading the conservative news outlet Breitbart, was facing calls to resign after violence erupted at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, last weekend. Despite accusations of being a white nationalist, Bannon has denied that his ideologies are rooted in race.

Aside for Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., who called for Bannon's firing in April, Republicans were largely silent on social media.

In April, I called for #Bannon to be gone. Glad he's out but admin must work to build bridges, not destroy them

— Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (@RosLehtinen) August 18, 2017

Here's a look at the reactions to Bannon's resignation:

Democratic National Committee

"There is one less white supremacist in the White House, but that doesn't change the man sitting behind the Resolute desk. Donald Trump has spent decades fueling hate in communities, including his recent attempts to divide our country and give a voice to white supremacists. We need leaders who represent all of us and the diversity of our country. We must continue to rise and organize in order to bring about change. That is why Democrats will continue to show leadership and unify our country during this deeply troubling time.”

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.

Steve Bannon's exit does not erase @realDonaldTrump’s long record of lifting up racist viewpoints & advancing repulsive policies. #BannonOut

— Nancy Pelosi (@NancyPelosi) August 18, 2017

Sen. Bob Casey, D-Penn.

Rejecting Steve Bannon is just one step, @POTUS must unequivocally condemn and reject the so-called "alt-right" and their hateful ideology.

— Senator Bob Casey (@SenBobCasey) August 18, 2017

Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J.

While he never should have been in the WH, I’m glad Bannon is out. But he's just one staffer & we need real action to undo the damage done

— Senator Bob Menendez (@SenatorMenendez) August 18, 2017

Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii

It's the President that matters.

— Brian Schatz (@brianschatz) August 18, 2017

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I.

Good riddance again.

— Sheldon Whitehouse (@SenWhitehouse) August 18, 2017

Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla.

Looks like general John Kelly is taking control of the White House. That is a good thing.

— Bill Nelson (@SenBillNelson) August 18, 2017

Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn.

Remember, Trump was hawking birtherism - the molding agent between racists and legitimate political opposition to Obama - way before Bannon.

— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) August 18, 2017

Rep. Andre Carson, D-Ind.

"I find it pretty interesting that Steve Bannon was hired despite the criticism about this white nationalist propaganda that he had been publishing at Breitbart... It was disgraceful to hire someone who said and published the terrible things he’s said. Long overdue." - on ABC News' "Powerhouse Politics" podcast.

Rep. Tim Walz, D-Minn.

No one w/ ties to white supremacist movements should ever serve in our @WhiteHouse. Bannon's exit was long overdue. Much more must be done.

— Tim Walz (@RepTimWalz) August 18, 2017

Rep. Joe Crowley, D-N.Y.

"Steve Bannon should have never been given the honor of working in the White House and serving the Office of the President of the United States. His past work and strong ties to the white nationalist movement are a direct assault on our American values."

"But, let’s be clear, his departure does not absolve President Trump of his actions. The Oval Office has become the epicenter of support for neo-Nazis, white nationalists, and domestic terrorists. President Trump must apologize for standing up for hate and must immediately reverse course on his anti-immigrant and anti-American policies.”

Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y.

Bannon may be gone, but things won't change if Grand Wizard remains in Oval Office #Birther-in-Chief

— Hakeem Jeffries (@RepJeffries) August 18, 2017

Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va.

Bannon finally gone. Now he can march w/ the whole crowd: neo-Nazis, white supremacists, Klan while knowing it will still find favor in Oval

— Gerry Connolly (@GerryConnolly) August 18, 2017

Rep. Sandy Levin, D-Mich.

"Steve Bannon’s exit from the White House is long overdue. However, given President Trump’s agenda and especially after his comments this past week about the violence in Charlottesville, he has much more work to do to convince the American people that he eschews racism, homophobia, xenophobia, and anti-Semitism, and is working to unite – not divide – our country.”

Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman, D-N.J.

Let me be clear no one is celebrating a racist being removed From the White House - he should have never been there.

— Bonnie WatsonColeman (@RepBonnie) August 18, 2017

Rep. Dan Kildee, D-Mich.

Trump has so far fired:
→Chief of staff
→Chief strategist
→Nat Security Adviser
→2x Comms Directors
→Press Sec
→FBI director#chaos

— Rep. Dan Kildee (@RepDanKildee) August 18, 2017

Rep. David Cicilline, D-R.I.

"I'm happy that Steve Bannon will no longer work in the White House. But his departure cannot wash away the harm he and the President have done. It can't reverse the Muslim Ban. It can't reverse the President's inappropriate attacks on a Federal judge of Mexican heritage. And it can't reverse the White House's reluctance to denounce white supremacists."

Rep. Bill Pascrell, D-N.J.

Bannon should never had been that close to the Oval. Now let's deal with other enabling staff & Enabler-in-Chief. #FireMiller #FireGorka

— Bill Pascrell, Jr. (@BillPascrell) August 18, 2017

Rep. Al Green, D-Texas

Bannon was A problem, Trump is THE problem! #RepealAndReplaceTrump

— Congressman Al Green (@RepAlGreen) August 18, 2017

Rep. Mike Quigley, R-Ill.

Removal of Steve #Bannon is just 1 step in the right direction. We must expel forces of hate & influence of bigotry from our government.

— Mike Quigley (@RepMikeQuigley) August 18, 2017

Rep. Donald Norcross, D-N.J.

Good riddance! Bannon is aligned w/white supremacists & never should have been working in the White House at all.

— Donald Norcross (@DonaldNorcross) August 18, 2017

Rep. Gregory Meeks, D-N.Y.

BREAKING: Steve Bannon out as White House chief strategist, @ABC News has learned.

— ABC News (@ABC) August 18, 2017

Rep. Karen Bass, D-Calif.

Bannon’s out but what happened Tuesday came out of Trump’s mouth. One down, three to go -- Miller, Gorka, Sessions. Your voice matters.

— Congressmember Bass (@RepKarenBass) August 18, 2017

Rep. Yvette Clarke, D-N.Y.

Good riddance! Now we need to focus on getting the other racists out of the White House.

— Yvette D. Clarke (@RepYvetteClarke) August 18, 2017

Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn.

Bannon booted - but hold the cheers. What follows could be worse, so there's no cause for complacency.

— Richard Blumenthal (@SenBlumenthal) August 18, 2017

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Andrew Harrer-Pool/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- One of the longest-serving members of the Trump administration is a 28-year-old who had no political experience before the 2016 presidential campaign.

Starting with the administration as director of strategic communications, Hope Hicks has been a regular presence in the White House and is seen as one of the members of the inner circle of Trump's top advisers.

She began her career in public relations, entering the larger Trump orbit when she worked with the Trump Organization and specifically Ivanka Trump's fashion line.

In April 2015, two months before Donald Trump announced his presidential bid, Hicks was featured on the style blog of Ivanka Trump's fashion line. The post featured Hicks, who was then working as the Trump Organization's director of communications, in a light teal shift dress from the line and described how her "typical workday could include a major meeting, an all-day event or even an out-of-state trip."

Hicks and Trump's eldest daughter appear to have maintained a good relationship, as Ivanka Trump tweeted a congratulatory message to Hicks when she was included on Forbes' "30 Under 30" list in January.

"Congrats to my brilliant, kind & wickedly funny friend Hope Hicks on being named to the @Forbes #30Under30 list!" she tweeted.

Congrats to my brilliant, kind & wickedly funny friend Hope Hicks on being named to the @Forbes #30Under30 list!

— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) January 4, 2017

Hicks has previously worked as a model and she was featured on the cover of one of the novels in the "Gossip Girl" book series.

The Greenwich, Connecticut, native earned an English degree from Southern Methodist University.

Now, she is the youngest person to ever lead the White House communications team.

That marks the latest promotion during her time as part of the Trump political team. She served as a spokesperson for the campaign after Trump announced that he was running for president, and when he won, she was named director of strategic communications.

She was named interim White House communications director on Aug. 16.

The official White House statement announcing her role said that she would be working with press secretary Sarah Sanders and the communications team, and that the announcement of a permanent communications director will be made "at the appropriate time."

In spite of dealing directly with national media for about two years, she rarely speaks out publicly herself.

One example of such reluctance came in June 2016. She was contacted by a reporter for GQ magazine who wanted to do a profile article on her, and while Hicks would not be interviewed for the piece, she allowed then-candidate Trump to speak to the reporter about her.

"Hope's been involved from the beginning, and she has been absolutely terrific," Trump said in the GQ interview.

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Richard Levine/Corbis via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Businessman Carl Icahn announced on Friday that he will step away from his role as a special advisor to President Donald Trump on regulatory reform issues -- a decision he claims was made to avoid the suggestion of conflicts of interest by critics of the administration.

In a letter to Trump posted by Icahn to his personal website, he describes the nature of his position as informal, noting he had "no duties whatsoever" -- as opposed to the recently named administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs Neomi Rao. In the letter, Icahn further dismisses suggestions that he had the opportunity to personally benefit from the role.

"I never had access to nonpublic information or profited from my position, nor do I believe that my role presented conflicts of interest," wrote Icahn, adding, "I never sought any special benefit for any company with which I have been involved, and have only expressed views that I believed would benefit the refining industry as a whole."

The announcement from Icahn, the founder and majority shareholder of conglomerate Icahn Enterprises, comes days after a number of business leaders resigned from the White House's American Manufacturing Council in the aftermath of Trump's response to last weekend's violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. The American Manufacturing Council disbanded on Wednesday, as did a second, separate panel of CEOs, dubbed the Strategic and Policy Forum.

Icahn's letter made no mention of Charlottesville.

The businessman, an early endorser of Trump's, was frequently praised by the Republican presidential nominee on the campaign trail in 2016. Trump portrayed Icahn as a master negotiator who would assist his potential administration in preventing the outsourcing of jobs by American corporations.

"If Ford or another company announces they want to move their jobs to Mexico or another country, then I will pick up the phone… I will call the executives or I’ll have Carl Icahn do it," Trump said on one such occasion in Michigan in October 2016.

A billionaire, Icahn first began to make his name in the 1980s when he engaged in the earliest of his numerous corporate takeovers by which he accumulated the majority of his wealth.

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Drew Angerer/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is calling on President Donald Trump to apologize and address the fallout from his statements about the violence in Charlottesville, warning that a failure to act could lead to "an unraveling of our national fabric."

"Whether he intended to or not, what he communicated caused racists to rejoice, minorities to weep, and the vast heart of America to mourn," Romney wrote in a post on Facebook this morning.

"His apologists strain to explain that he didn't mean what we heard. But what we heard is now the reality, and unless it is addressed by the president as such, with unprecedented candor and strength, there may commence an unraveling of our national fabric," Romney said.

The former Massachusetts governor who was the GOP presidential nominee in 2012 wrote that the "potential consequences" to how people are interpretating Trump's comments "are severe in the extreme."

"Accordingly, the president must take remedial action in the extreme," he wrote.

Romney wrote that Trump should "address the American people, acknowledge that he was wrong, apologize."

"State forcefully and unequivocally that racists are 100% to blame for the murder and violence in Charlottesville. Testify that there is no conceivable comparison or moral equivalency between the Nazis -- who brutally murdered millions of Jews and who hundreds of thousands of Americans gave their lives to defeat -- and the counter-protestors who were outraged to see fools parading the Nazi flag, Nazi armband and Nazi salute," Romney wrote.

Romney also suggests that Trump "definitively repudiate the support of David Duke and his ilk and call for every American to banish racists and haters from any and every association."

"Mr. President, act now for the good of the country," he concluded.

This is not the first time that Romney has publicly criticized Trump, even on the Charlottesville violence. He tweeted after Trump's latest comments at a press conference on Tuesday, writing "No, not the same. One side is racist, bigoted, Nazi. The other opposes racism and bigotry. Morally different universes."

No, not the same. One side is racist, bigoted, Nazi. The other opposes racism and bigotry. Morally different universes.

— Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) August 16, 2017

This latest public rebuke stands in stark contrast to better times in the Romney-Trump relationship. Trump endorsed Romney in 2012, but then when it was Trump's turn to run 2016, Romney became one of Trump's most vocal critics, and at one point held a press conference urging delegates in upcoming primaries to do whatever they could to prevent Trump from becoming the party's nominee.

They appeared to reach a truce after Trump won, and Romney was very publicly considered to fill the role of Trump's secretary of state, but then was not chosen.

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