Stephen K. Bannon is Trump's Chief Strategist. One of the founders of the far right-wing publication Breitbart.com, Bannon has an MBA from Harvard, is a former Navy officer, and has worked in media and as an investment banker for Goldman Sachs.
His political views are extreme and he is an opponent of immigration. In 2007, he wrote an outline for a documentary-style film called "Destroying the Great Satan: The Rise of Islamic Facism [sic] in America." The proposed film blamed the Washington Post, New York Times, universities, the "American Jewish community," the ACLU, CIA, FBI, State Department, and White House as unwitting enablers in a secret mission to set up an Islamic Republic in the United States. (Source: Washington Post.)
|2014.11.12||Steve Bannon tells a reporter, “I'm a Leninist, Lenin wanted to destroy the state, and that’s my goal too. I want to bring everything crashing down, and destroy all of today’s establishment.” thedailybeast.com|
|2017.02.15||Trump assigns Stephen K. Bannon, Jared Kushner, and billionaire private equity executive Stephen A. Feinberg to conduct a review of intelligence agencies. nytimes.com (See also First 100 Days, Jared Kushner, Assaults on Government)|
|2017.02.18||White House dismisses National Security Council aide after he harshly criticized Steve Bannon and the dysfunction paralyzing Trump's administration at a private, off-the-record roundtable hosted by the Woodrow Wilson Center. politico.com (See also National Security Council, First 100 Days)|
|2017.02.23||At CPAC on Thursday, Steve Bannon says a primary goal for the Trump administration is the “deconstruction of the administrative state”—the system of taxes, regulations and trade pacts that Trump and his team believe stymie economic growth and infringe upon one’s sovereignty. washingtonpost.com (See also First 100 Days, Assaults on Government)|
|2017.02.23||Trump chief strategist Steve Bannon uses coded anti-Semitic expression at Conservative Political Action Conference. chicagotribune.com (See also Jewish Americans)|
|2017.02.24||Steve Bannon uses his first speaking appearance since Trump took office to vow that the president will honor all of the hard-line pledges of his campaign and vows a daily fight for "deconstruction of the administrative state." washingtonpost.com (See also First 100 Days)|
|2017.03.04||Before leaving for Mar-A-Lago for the weekend, Trump summons senior staff to the Oval Office and goes "ballistic" over Sessions's decision to recuse himself from portions of any investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 campaign election, and then, after the meeting, leaves Steve Bannon and Reince Priebus behind in D.C. abcnews.go.com (See also First 100 Days, Russian Meddling in Election, Jeff Sessions, Reince Priebus)|
|2017.03.04||Trump reportedly removes Priebus and Bannon from Air Force One manifest after being enraged over Russian connection leaks. dailykos.com (See also Russia, 2016 Campaign, Reince Priebus)|
|2017.03.06||Trump's chief strategist Steve Bannon describes Islam as "a cancer" and says U.S. is fighting a "global existential war" against Islam in newly surfaced audiotapes. abcnews.go.com (See also Nationalism, Muslims, Immigrants)|
|2017.03.11||The Miami-Dade County state attorney's office investigates Steve Bannon for voter Registration Fraud. mic.com|
|2017.03.20||The FBI is investigating whether far-right news sites Breitbart and Infowars played any role last year in a Russian cyber operation that boosted fictional, pro-Trump news. mcclatchydc.com (See also Russian Meddling in Election)|
|2017.03.25||Bannon reportedly ordered conservative Republicans to vote for Trumpcare and they just laugh at him. boingboing.net (See also First 100 Days, Trumpcare)|
|2017.04.05||Steve Bannon is removed from The National Security Council. washingtonpost.com (See also First 100 Days, National Security Council)|
|2017.06.20||Over the course of the Trump administration, the White House’s daily press briefings have been pared progressively further back; they are now shorter, less frequent, and routinely held off-camera. theatlantic.com (See also Attempts to Discredit Media, Sean Spicer)|
|2017.07.10||Trump’s advisers recruited two businessmen who profited from military contracting to devise alternatives to the Pentagon’s plan to send thousands of additional troops to Afghanistan. nytimes.com (See also Conflicts of Interest, Jared Kushner, James Mattis, Department of Defense, Afghanistan, H.R. McMaster)|
|2017.08.02||Two close associates of Pope Francis have accused American Catholic ultraconservatives of making an alliance of “hate” with evangelical Christians to back President Trump, focusing on Steve Bannon as a “supporter of an apocalyptic geopolitics” that has stymied action against climate change and exploited fears of migrants and Muslims with calls for “walls and purifying deportations.” nytimes.com (See also Racism, Muslims, Nationalism)|
|2017.08.16||White House chief strategist Steve Bannon told associates he never intended to do an "interview" with an editor at the American Prospect, a left-wing publication. axios.com (See also North Korea, John Kelly)|
|2017.08.25||Sebastian Gorka, a controversial White House staffer who served as a fiery spokesman for Trump on national security matters, abruptly left the administration. washingtonpost.com (See also Trump Cabinet, John Kelly, Nationalism)|
|2017.09.25||At least six of Donald Trump’s closest advisers used private email addresses to discuss White House matters, including Jared Kushner, Stephen K. Bannon, Reince Priebus, Gary Cohn, Stephen Miller, and Ivanka Trump. nytimes.com (See also Hypocrisy, Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump, Reince Priebus, Stephen Miller)|
|2017.12.02||A transition advisor to Donald Trump wrote in an email weeks before his inauguration that sanctions would make it difficult to ease relations with Russia, “which has just thrown the U.S.A. election to him.” thedailybeast.com (See also Trump Relationship with Russia, Michael Flynn, Reince Priebus, Sean Spicer)|
|2017.12.15||Special Counsel Robert Mueller has requested that Cambridge Analytica, a data firm that worked for President Donald Trump’s campaign, turn over documents as part of its investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election, according to people familiar with the matter. wsj.com (See also Legal Activity, 2016 Campaign, 2016 Election, Russian Meddling in Election, Trump Relationship with Russia)|
|2017.12.22||Donald Trump’s former chief strategist Steve Bannon and his former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski have been asked to testify to House lawmakers investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election. bloomberg.com (See also Russian Meddling in Election, 2016 Election, Legal Issues)|
|2018.01.16||Stephen K. Bannon, Trump’s former chief strategist, was subpoenaed by the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, to testify before a grand jury as part of the investigation into possible links between Mr. Trump’s associates and Russia nytimes.com (See also Trump Relationship with Russia, Legal Issues)|
|2018.01.17||Steve Bannon’s attorney was communicating and sharing questions with the White House during the House Intelligence Committee interview of the former Trump chief strategist, asking whether his client could answer the questions, but was told not to discuss his work on the transition or in the White House. apnews.com (See also Legal Issues, Corruption)|
|2018.08.18||Stephen Bannon departed the White House after a turbulent tenure shaping the fiery tone of Trump's first seven months in office. nytimes.com (See also John Kelly)|
Emily Jane Fox–Vanity Fair
In her Jan. 26, 2017, article Fox muses on how Trump fits into Bannon's plans:
Bannon, who jokingly refers to himself as “Darth Vader,” is perhaps alone in viewing the Trump administration as a means to a specific philosophical end.
This strategy so far has worked for Bannon, either because Trump understands he needs him or hasn’t caught wind of the fact that he might be being played.
Lawrence Douglas–The Guardian
In his Jan. 31, 2017, op-ed Douglas examines Bannon's swiftly consolidating power:
Bannon, in contrast to the president, is not easily distracted. He is intelligent, articulate, focused in his ideology and dedicated to the struggle. And he has now been catapulted by an undisciplined president to the inner precincts of the National Security Council and its principals’ committee, assuming a position senior to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the director of national intelligence.
Unvetted, unconfirmed but immensely powerful, Bannon may just be the most dangerous man in America.