On Thursday, President Trump’s Chief Strategist Steve Bannon spoke publicly for the first time since the president’s inauguration at the Conservative Political Action Conference. Bannon spoke alongside Trump’s chief of staff, Reince Pribus, to show that the two are working together and stand unified behind Donald Trump. Bannon didn’t mince words, and was very clear about President Trump’s intentions and what the administration thinks moving forward.
What Should We Take Away from Steve Bannon’s First Public Appearance Since Trump Taking Office?
Considering the rocky relations between President Trump and his administration with liberals, the media, and minority groups in the general public, one would think Trump’s top advisors, including Stephen Bannon, might be inclined to offer an olive branch of peace. One would be wrong. Bannon, in his first public appearance since the new administration took office, made it explicitly clear that the current administration isn’t backing down, and that the media better strap in for a long fight.
It’s a popular theory that Bannon is the man behind Trump’s anti-media attitude. But even CPAC attendees had to have been surprised by Bannon’s statements Thursday.
“It’s going to get worse every day for the media,” Bannon said, insisting that the “corporatist” media would continue to see Trump pursue exactly the sort of economic nationalism that journalism allegedly despises. He went on to say, “If you think they are giving you your country back without a fight, you are sadly mistaken.”
Bannon’s message was very much anti-media. But it was also an extremely aggressive message towards all enemies of the White House. He wants it gone and has basically declared war on the media out of the White House. He told the CPAC audience that he planned to create nothing short of a “new political order” centered around economic nationalism and the dismantling of what he called the “administrative state”. Bannon made it clear that Trump will keep all his hardline promises from his campaign, and spoke highly of cutting taxes and defence spending.
Watch a snippet of Steve Bannon’s interview at CPAC from NBC News:
The biggest takeaway from Bannon’s public appearance is that the White House is digging in for a fight, and will not only not change course, but will adhere more to its original decisions, as Bannon reassured conservatives thinking Trump may sway in his promises.
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