Breitbart News’ Steve Bannon has a new job, but he’s not going anywhere.
Bannon, who took over as executive chairman of Breitbart News on Tuesday, will serve as President Donald Trump’s chief strategist and senior counselor.
He will be in charge of shaping Trump’s agenda and will also be the chief executive officer of his newly created “War on Terrorism” effort.
“President Bannon will lead the administration on a national security and foreign policy agenda that will put America first, according to the President,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement.
“He will be responsible for creating a strategy to defeat ISIS, defend our borders and protect our nation from foreign threats, while promoting American manufacturing, rebuilding our economy, and strengthening our national security.”
Bannon is an American-born journalist and former conservative talk radio host.
He joined Breitbart News as its executive chairman in 2016 and led its newsroom for nearly a year.
He was the publisher of the conservative news site Breitbart News from 2012 to 2016 and has served as chief executive of the news site since February 2017.
He previously served as president of News Corp. News Corp., the parent company of the Wall Street Journal, which is owned by Rupert Murdoch.
The news company was also a major supporter of Trump during the 2016 election.
He also serves on the board of the American Enterprise Institute, a right-wing think tank that has received millions of dollars from the Koch brothers and other wealthy conservatives.
Bannon’s appointment comes just days after a New York Times report that Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, had lied to Vice President Mike Pence about his discussions with Russia’s ambassador to the U.S. about lifting sanctions on Russia.
Flynn resigned from his post last week after The Washington Post reported he had lied about his conversations with the ambassador.
Flynn was charged with lying to the FBI in January.
Pence’s team has said Flynn did not make false statements to Pence, but that Flynn lied to the vice president and others.
The White House and Pence have both denied that Flynn discussed sanctions with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak and that the former general had any improper contact with Russia.