On Tuesday, White House chief strategist Steve Bannon expressed his true feelings about a number of issues during an interview with The American Prospect.
As uncertainty looms over his future in the White House, Bannon felt the need to contact editor Robert Kuttner to talk about topics such as North Korea, white supremacists, and trade with China.
In regard to North Korea, Bannon was not so enthused about President Donald Trump’s “fire and fury” warning to Kim Jong Un.
“There’s no military solution [to North Korea’s nuclear threats], forget it,” Bannon asserted. “Until somebody solves the part of the equation that shows me that 10 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.”
During the interview, Bannon took a hard line on the “economic war with China.” He argued that we should not make concessions even if China decides to help with the threat from North Korea.
“We’re at economic war with China,” Bannon stated. “It’s in all their literature. They’re not shy about saying what they’re doing. One of us is going to be a hegemon in 25 or 30 years and it’s gonna be them if we go down this path. On Korea, they’re just tapping us along. It’s just a sideshow.”
With respect to the recent violence in Charlottesville, Bannon called the white nationalists “clowns,” “losers,” and “fringe elements.” Instead, he concentrated on “economic nationalism.”
“The Democrats, the longer they talk about identity politics, I got ’em,” Bannon noted. “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.”
When asked this week whether he thinks Bannon will remain part of his administration, Trump replied “we’ll see.”
First reported by The Blaze.