President Trump has told senior aides that he has decided to remove Stephen K. Bannon, the embattled White House chief strategist who helped Mr. Trump win the 2016 election, according to two administration officials briefed on the discussion.
The president and senior White House officials were debating when and how to dismiss Mr. Bannon. The two administration officials cautioned that Mr. Trump is known to be averse to confrontation within his inner circle, and could decide to keep on Mr. Bannon for some time.
As of Friday morning, the two men were still discussing Mr. Bannon’s future, the officials said. A person close to Mr. Bannon insisted the parting of ways was his idea, and that he had submitted his resignation to the president on Aug. 7, to be announced at the start of this week, but it was delayed in the wake of the racial unrest in Charlottesville, Va.
Mr. Bannon had clashed for months with other senior West Wing advisers and members of the president’s family.
But the loss of Mr. Bannon, the right-wing nationalist who helped propel some of Mr. Trump’s campaign promises into policy reality, raises the potential for the president to face criticism from the conservative news media base that supported him over the past year.
Mr. Bannon’s many critics bore down after the violence in Charlottesville. Outraged over Mr. Trump’s insistence that “both sides” were to blame for the violence that erupted at a white nationalist rally, leaving one woman dead, human rights activists demanded that the president fire so-called nationalists working in the West Wing. That group of hard-right populists in the White House is led by Mr. Bannon.
On Tuesday at Trump Tower in New York, Mr. Trump refused to guarantee Mr. Bannon’s job security but defended him as “not a racist” and “a friend.”
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Source: New York Times
Biography of Rev. Anthony Evans
Rev. Anthony Evans has fought tirelessly to reduce health disparities, foreclosure, homelessness and black on black crime as well as promote financial literacy and
help to preserve environmental justice across the country.
While still a college student, Rev. Evans mobilized local colleges in Vermont to
donate $15,000 to the investigation of the Atlanta child killings in the early
A native of Savanna, Ga., Rev. Evans earned a Bachelor’s degree in Religion in
1981 from Middlebury College, Vermont. Rev. Evans was ordained in 1982 and
went on to earn a Master’s in Divinity in 1988 from Howard University School of
He became NBCI’s president in 1992 and continues to work on behalf of social
and economic justice issues. He leads a coalition of 34,000 churches across the
country fighting against health disparities, promoting financial literacy, protecting
babies from abuse and neglect, and helping to preserve the environment.
In 1989, Rev. Evans publicly showed the ferventness of his convictions when he
was arrested during a protest in front of the South African embassy until the end
of minority rule and the freeing of Nelson Mandela. He helped continue that
protest for nearly two years. In 2005 in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, Rev. Evans and the NBCI mobilized over 15,000 volunteers to serve in the disaster relief
effort. These volunteers came from NBCI member and sister churches. The
volunteers came from many ethnic backgrounds, illustrating NBCI’s policy of an
interfaith and interracial approach to solving social problems. NBCI churches,
along with other minority churches across the country, helped to raise more than
$1 billion in cash and social services.
In July 2006, Rev. Evans participated in a massive protest outside the Sudanese
embassy to denounce the country’s role in the genocide of its African citizens. In 2010 Rev. Evans organized a group of young hip hop artists and traditional black
church leaders to launch an intensive initiative to aid Haiti and Haitians. He
committed NBCI for seven years to work through Lott Carey Foreign Mission
Convention to aid in the reconstruction of Haiti, especially in the areas of housing, parenthood, economic development and civil society.
Rev. Evans is now launching three significant programs that will affect millions of
African Americans over the next seven years: NBCI’s Health Emergency
Declaration, NBCI’s Financial Literacy Initiative, and NBCI’s Educational Initiative.
Rev. Evans has a clear understanding of how public policy affects and determines
the impact of these issues in which the black church fights for and against. He is
determined to preserve the moral authority of the black church’s voice in the