Steve Bannon: Economic nationalism is the only way forward

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Steve Bannon: Economic nationalism is the only way forward
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12 September, 2017

Bannon said in the interview that the president's dismissal of James Comey, the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director, was, perhaps, the biggest mistake in 'modern political history'.

When Stephen Bannon left his role as President Trump's chief strategist last month, he vowed to continue fighting for his former boss. "It is completely indefensible", the Republican governor said.

Bannon then went on to argue that the USA was built on protectionist policies that allowed the U.S. manufacturing and financial systems to thrive, citing the work of Alexander Hamilton - who was, in fact, an immigrant - James Polk, Henry Clay, Abraham Lincoln, and "the Roosevelts".

While speaking to CBS's Charlie Rose, he stated, "They're not going to help you unless they're put on notice". He related a story of how in one of his first meetings with President Trump, Senator McConnell made it abundantly clear that he is adamantly opposed to any effort to reduce the establishment's power in Washington D.C.

"In the 48 hours after we won, there's a fundamental decision that was made".

"And are you saying to me those intelligence reports do not suggest that the Russians tried to influence the election?"

"I mean, we totally embraced the establishment". "At the end of the day it was a necessity "'cause you had to staff a government".

You can see clips from the 60 Minutes interview here.

"That probably would be too bombastic, even for me", Bannon said, "but maybe modern political history".

"They're idiots, and they've gotten us in this situation, and they question a good man like Donald Trump", he said. We know how to repeal, and we know how to replace, and this is ours. Last week, he blindsided both leaders by striking a deal to raise the debt ceiling with Democrats Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi instead.

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He also accused the Republican party leadership of trying to block Trump's agenda.

The schism could soon have consequences across the country as Bannon seeks to weaponise Breitbart in elections.

[It's] Mitch McConnell, and to a degree, Paul Ryan.

As Bannon described it, though, there was an early and ultimately misguided calculation that Trump would be better off by siding with mainstream Republicans. "It's a waste of time", Bannon said.

But past attempts by populist conservatives to run as Trump proxies have met with mixed results.

However, not all Republicans agree with Trump's decision to cancel DACA.

Steve Bannon praised Donald Trump on 60 Minutes for how he uses Twitter to bypass the political press. "If you find it unacceptable, you should resign".

Steve Bannon: You wouldn't have the Muller investigation in the breadth that clearly Mr. Mueller is going for.

"I think if there's one criticism or one observation is that the President in coming here, right, has still thought, at least in the beginning of his administration, that it's about personalities and "If I can change this personality" or 'If I can get this guy on my side, I can do that".

As Bannon admitted, Trump quickly realized that in order for the executive branch to function, they would have to rely on people with experience.


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