Firing White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon wouldn’t benefit President Trump in any way and could prove to be a major mistake, asserts James Pindell of the Boston Globe. Already Bannon’s role in the White House is reduced; he doesn’t pose the potential threat that he once did. By firing him, Trump could turn Bannon into a further opponent, something he hardly needs. As long as Bannon remains in the White House, he still answers to the president. Outside of it, he would be free to say as he pleases and could air harsh grievances over having been fired. Purging Bannon wouldn’t erase any of Trump's self-inflicted past PR blunders.
Steve Bannon has proven himself to be a liability, not just for the country, but also for the president, and should be fired, suggests Jay Willis of GQ. It was his influence that toned down the president’s condemnation of white-supremacists and neo-Nazis in Charlottesville. The mildness of this denunciation caused almost unanimous backlash across the country. Bannon has dragged the White House to the right of the political spectrum, while also fueling the infighting that has ravaged the administration. Jared Kushner, John Kelly and even Robert Murdoch have realized this and are encouraging Trump to rid himself of Bannon.