Several reputable news outlets are claiming that Trump is afraid of Steve Bannon, which is why Bannon has not been fired. It seems that a source close to the White House, told the Reuters news agency, “The president obviously is very nervous and afraid of firing Steve Bannon.”
Supposedly, Trump fears Bannon's influence over a large part of Trump's base - white nationalists - who many believe put Trump over the top in the elections.
Trump is also reported to be scared that if he did fire Bannon, that Bannon could become a formidable critic of the Trump administration if he was let loose.
Perhaps Trump will just demote him? (Speculation in the rumor mills.)
The future of Steve Bannon's continued employment in the White House as Donald Trump's top political strategist has been an open question for months. But the former Breitbart News head Bannon has time and again avoided a dismissal even as calls for it intensified after Trump’s reactions and statements to the protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend.
The president’s decision to keep Bannon, who called his former news website a platform for the so-called alt-right, has perplexed many as Bannon’s faced accusations of being a white nationalist.
The possible reason Trump has opted to keep Bannon on may be relatively simple: fear.
The supposed fear stems from Bannon’s influence over a nationalist Trump base that many have claimed handed him the White House last year, as evidenced by Trump’s campaign promises of cracking down on immigration and renegotiating global trade deals that were labeled as more isolationist by critics.
The struggling billionaire president is reportedly scared that if he did send Bannon packing that he could become a vocal critic of the administration once free of its political inner-workings, Reuters reported late Tuesday.
"The president obviously is very nervous and afraid of firing him," an unnamed source close to the White House told Reuters.
Indeed, there’s a chance that rather than outright firing Bannon, Trump could demote him to avoid upsetting the aforementioned base, according to the report.
It’s a base that includes white supremacists and nationalists, as well as neo-Nazis, groups that Trump did not immediately condemn Saturday following the death of counter-protester Heather Heyer while saying the violence in the college town was on “many sides.” http://www.newsweek.com/trump-bannon-scared-fire-6...