Facing questions over Charlottesville, Trump distanced himself from the controversial chief strategist and downplayed his role: ‘He came on very late’

Donald Trump suggested on Tuesday that the days were numbered for Steve Bannon, the controversial White House chief strategist who has so far survived several rounds of staff upheaval and repeated calls for his removal.

The president refused to offer assurances about Bannon’s fate during an extraordinary press conference in which the president defended the far-right protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, and suggested that an “alt-left” was to blame for the violence that erupted there over the weekend.

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