White House Chief strategist Steve Bannon recently had a phone interview with a left-wing publication in which he admitted that the White House had “no military solution” to North Korea, that the Charlottesville protesters were “a collection of clowns,” and that the U.S. was losing an “economic war.”
Bannon’s new comments will put him in an even worse position with the new chief of staff John Kelly. Kelly hasn’t been pleased with Bannon already because of the influence he has in the White House. However, when asked about the future of Bannon, Trump said, “we’ll see.”
Bannon allegedly “didn’t know” (not buying that) that the phone call was an on-the-record call with the site’s co-founder, Robert Kuttner, according to Bannon allies. Minus the swearing tirade what Bannon did is similar to “the Mooch’s” actions before he was fired. Scaramucci was let go after he went on a swearing rant about leaks and White House staff to New Yorker reporter Ryan Lizza.
Bannon, who used to work in media, should know the difference between on and off-the-record interviews. Kuttner stated:
“Steve Bannon is not exactly Bambi when it comes to dealing with the press. He’s probably the most media-savvy person in America.”
During Bannon’s interview, he hit on four main points.
First, Bannon thinks we are losing the economic war with China, and without doing something, we will hit a point of no return:
“To me the economic war with China is everything. And we have to be maniacally focused on that. If we continue to lose it, we’re five years away, I think, ten years at the most, of hitting an inflection point from which we’ll never be able to recover.”
Second, Bannon called the white supremacist protesters clowns:
“Ethno-nationalism—it’s losers. It’s a fringe element. I think the media plays it up too much, and we gotta help crush it, you know, uh, help crush it more. These guys are a collection of clowns.”
Thirdly, Bannon let it slip that the White House had no military solution for North Korea:
“There’s no military solution, forget it. Until somebody solves the part of the equation that shows me that ten million people in Seoul don’t die in the first 30 minutes from conventional weapons, I don’t know what you’re talking about; there’s no military solution here, they got us.”
And lastly, Bannon gave a single hint of his idea of a strategy to beat the Democrats:
“The longer they talk about identity politics, I got ’em. I want them to talk about racism every day. If the left is focused on race and identity, and we go with economic nationalism, we can crush the Democrats.”
Credit: Vice News