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Steve Bannon weighs in on UK burqa debate, Boris Johnson

Republican strategist Steve Bannon weighed into British politics on Sunday in a wide-ranging interview in which he defended UK's former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson's comments about Muslim face veils and praised the controversial British far-right leader. The former aide to President Donald Trump said Johnson had “nothing to apologise for” and should not “bow at the altar of political correctness” after he was criticised for saying women who wear burqas look like “letterboxes” and “bank robbers.” Johnson made the…

In Trump-Bannon feud, Republicans see silver lining

WASHINGTON: In the white-hot battle for influence in US politics the Republican establishment has regained the upper hand, after Donald Trump unleashed a scalding repudiation of Steve Bannon, self-proclaimed champion of the anti-Washington populism that swept the president to power. Traditional conservatives and rabble-rousing populists have long competed for the ear of the president, who appeared to revel in casting the rival forces off one another. More often than not Trump has aligned with the Republican leaders in…

Trump eats McDonald’s food to avoid being poisoned, new book claims

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump lashed out at a bombshell-filled book that hits the shelves on Friday, dismissing it as "full of lies" after threats of legal action failed to block its release. Publishers responded to a cease-and-desist letter by moving forward by four days the release of "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House" -- an expose by author and political muckraker Michael Wolff that quotes key Trump aides expressing serious doubt about his fitness for office. Among scores of startling revelations,…

Bannon insists he backs ‘great man’ Trump

WASHINGTON: Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon is heaping new praise on Donald Trump, after the president scathingly dismissed him as insane and irrelevant for disparaging his family in published remarks. "The president of the United States is a great man," the executive chairman of right-wing news website Breitbart told SiriusXM late Wednesday. "You know I support him day in and day out, whether going through the country giving the Trump Miracle speech or on the show or on the website." Trump reacted…

After firing, Bannon returns to his ‘killing machine’

WASHINGTON: With Stephen Bannon, the worry always was that he could be even more disruptive to President Donald Trump’s White House from outside than he was within. In the hours following his firing on Friday, those fears seemed warranted, as the conservative voices who viewed Bannon as one of their own howled in rage over Trump's decision to fire his chief strategist. The reaction was most notable from Breitbart News, the hard-right news site that stephen ran before he joined Trump’s presidential campaign last year.…

Trump fires far-right aide Steve Bannon

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump fired chief strategist Steve Bannon on Friday, the White House announced, ending the turbulent tenure of a rabble-rousing conservative media entrepreneur and political activist who was a darling of Trump's base. "White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and Steve Bannon have mutually agreed today would be Steve's last day," White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said in a statement. "We are grateful for his service and wish him the best." A source familiar with the decision, which had…

US in ‘economic war’ with China, says Trump strategist Bannon

WASHINGTON: White House strategist Steve Bannon argued forcefully in an interview published Wednesday that the United States is in an "economic war" with China, and the confrontation with nuclear-armed North Korea is just "a sideshow." "To me the economic war with China is everything. And we have to be maniacally focused on that," he said in the interview with the American Prospect, a left-leaning website. "If we continue to lose it, we're five years away, I think, ten years at the most, of hitting an inflection point…

Trump strategist Bannon dropped from National Security Council: official

WASHINGTON:Steve Bannon, President Donald Trump's chief strategist, has lost his seat on the powerful National Security Council in a high-level shakeup, a US official confirmed on Wednesday. Trump's elevation of Bannon to a permanent spot on the NSC had been widely criticized as injecting politics into White House deliberations on sensitive defense, foreign policy and intelligence matters. A former head of the far-right website Breitbart and now chief White House strategist, Bannon is regarded as a controversial…

‘Dick Cheney. Darth Vader. Satan. That’s power’ says Trump’s chief strategist

WASHINGTON: "Darkness is good," Steve Bannon, who was named Trump's chief strategist for the incoming administration last Sunday after he turned the struggling candidate's presidential campaign into ballot box gold, told The Hollywood Reporter in an interview. "Dick Cheney. Darth Vader. Satan. That's power." The 62-year-old leader of the Breitbart News website, which has been described as a haven for the "alt-right" anti-mainstream movement, ignited controversy this year due to his alleged alignment with white…