Breitbart news attacks HR McMaster two days after Steve Bannon returns to the far-right website

Caroline Mortimer
Steve Bannon was ousted from the White House on Friday: Win McNamee/Getty Images
Steve Bannon was ousted from the White House on Friday: Win McNamee/Getty Images

Donald Trump’s former right-hand man Steve Bannon has already begun attacking his former colleagues less than a week after he was ousted from the White House.

The former White House chief strategist returned to Breitbart, the far-right website, where he had been executive chairman before joining the Trump campaign, on Friday.

Just two days later the website launched an attack on National Security Adviser HR McMaster as soft on Islamist extremism and terrorism.

Mr Bannon’s reign in the White House was marked by the discord and distrust between him and his senior colleagues – particularly with serving Lieutenant General McMaster, who is considered a moderate while Mr Bannon is a self-declared “economic nationalist”.

In an interview days before Mr Bannon left, Lt Gen McMaster was evasive about whether he was willing to work with him, saying he was “ready to work with anybody...to advance the President’s agenda and the advance the security, prosperity of the American people”.

Now Mr Bannon is firmly on the attack once again with a Breitbart article headlined: “HR McMaster Endorsed Book That Advocates Quran-Kissing Apology Ceremonies.”

It said Lt Gen McMaster supported a call for military personnel serving in the Middle East to avoid desecrating the Quran to improve relations with local Muslim communities – thus making them less likely to support radicalism.