COAR Chairman and Former White House Chief Strategist Stephen K. Bannon on CNBC’s “Squawk Box” explaining why Communist China is a threat to the West.
COAR Chairman and Former White House Chief Strategist Stephen K. Bannon on CNBC’s “Squawk Box” explaining why Communist China is a threat to the West.
FOX NEWS – Following the submission of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election and the subsequent summary showing that President Trump and his campaign did not collude with Russia, former White House adviser Steve Bannon said the president will “go full animal” against his political enemies.
In an interview with Yahoo! News over the weekend, Bannon predicted that the president will “come off the chains” and will use the Mueller report findings against opponents especially if they demand additional documents.
“He will use it to bludgeon them,” Bannon said.
Former White House strategist Steve Bannon in a photo from last week. Bannon said President Trump would use the Mueller report against his enemies. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
“When I saw no new indictments — I thought, Oh my God! They didn’t indict anybody regarding the Flynn investigation, they didn’t indict Don, Jr.! Maybe [Mueller] could have details about obstruction of justice that are not indictable, but are meaningful,” Bannon, who was fired from his White House role in August 2017, told the outlet. “But right now, it looks like they have nothing.”
In the interview, Bannon said he repeatedly had told the president not to discredit Mueller, opining that the ultimate determination would vindicate Trump.
“I kept telling him, ‘Don’t say Mueller’s bad, I don’t think he’s going to have anything.'”
Bannon also said Democrats were “left in tears” following the report’s conclusion.
“On ‘Rachel Maddow,’ she went 10 minutes into her show before the words ‘no indictment’ crossed her lips. On CNN, they’re in the mumble tank,” he said. “They’re crestfallen. They thought this would be it.”
Bannon is currently on an overseas tour geared toward supporting and unifying populist parties throughout Europe.
Even if the federal government doesn’t build a wall along the Mexican border, Steve Bannon and a group of conservative activists will build one anyway, as early as next month.
Bannon, who is President Donald Trump’s former chief strategist and the controversial right-wing editor of Breitbart, and the leaders of the group called We Build the Wall came into downtown Cincinnati on Tuesday to raise money and promote the effort to build a Mexican border wall on private land with private money.
We Build The Wall organizers chose Cincinnati as the second stop on a nationwide tour despite 1,400 miles separating the Mexican border and Cincinnati. Next stop is Detroit on Thursday.
“I’m in Cincinnati, because the border crisis is in Iowa,” Bannon told the crowd of more than 200 people who came to the Hilton Netherland Plaza in Downtown Cincinnati. Some traveled as far away as rural West Virginia. “It’s in Ohio. This border crisis is a national crisis.”
When it comes to the border wall with Mexico, the country should have the president’s back, Bannon said.
“This is a tragedy of biblical proportions,” Bannon said. “The answer is not an open border…We can have President Trump’s back to do it in the case he can’t do it.”
Construction on the privately funded wall will start in April, said Brian Kolfage, an Air Force veteran and triple amputee wounded in the Iraq War who founded We Build the Wall.
“When we get the shovels in the dirt, it’s going to go like gangbusters,” Kolfage told the crowd.
The rally also featured former Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke and former Colorado Republican Congressman Tom Tancredo.
Bannon’s appearance showed the deep divide on this issue across the country. Outside the hotel, about 60 protestors credited immigrants with building Cincinnati and the nation.
Steve Ronnebeck on Tuesday related the story he’s told Sean Hannity on Fox News as well as Trump, with whom he’s met. Ronnebeck said his 21-year-old son, Grant, was shot by an illegal immigrant during a convenience store robbery.
“We’d be safer having Iraq as a border country than Mexico,” Ronnebeck said.
Kolfage started We Build The Wall after GoFundMe in December refunded the $20 million he raised from 337,000 donors. The company refunded the money due to a change in where the money was going, from the federal government to a nonprofit, according to a USA Today story.
Kolfage started the non-profit to raise the $1 billion to build the wall on private land. The board of directors includes Bannon and former Major League Baseball pitcher Curt Schilling.
Bannon said the wall will not only help United States citizens, it will also Central Americans.
“We have to build this wall to stop this onslaught,” Bannon said. “This is to help the people in Central America, so they’re not trafficked.”
Steve Bannon, former chief strategic advisor to U.S. President Donald Trump, cautions the U.S. and its allies on Huawei in his March 6 interview with The Sankei Shimbun and JAPAN Forward in Tokyo.
He warns that the international community should be aware that Huawei is essentially a front organization of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA). If the company controls 5G networks across the globe, the internet can be restrained by the PLA.
He clarifies that the Trump administration is negotiating with China in order to protect the rules-based international order and to counter China’s mercantilist totalitarian system. He also mentions the increasing tension in the Taiwan Straits.
The following are excerpts from the interview.
How do you see the relationship of Huawei and the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA), and what do you think the U.S. government should do about this problem?
Huawei is a front organization for the PLA.
The first thing we can do is what we’re doing — extraditing the CFO [of Huawei from Canada]. And we’re going to put her up on criminal charges. If she gets to the United States after a lot of interviews, the prosecutors are going to requisition all the records, they’re going to see exactly where the influence peddling was, where the company’s been spreading money around.
Huawei’s in deep trouble. Huawei knows they’re in deep trouble. They’re being held accountable by the Department of Justice of the U.S. government. We’ll see how far this goes, but right now, it couldn’t be more serious. And it says a lot that Canada, which is not the most aggressive country in the world, is allowing her to be extradited.
The U.S. is a member of the Five Eyes intelligence alliance. Do you think the five countries and Japan ought to cooperate with each other on Huawei issues?
One hundred percent. In fact I’m more aggressive than that. I think the U.S. should use any commercial relationship we have to tell countries in Europe that you can’t use Huawei. We have to shut Huawei down.
Huawei is the People’s Liberation Army rolling out a 5G network throughout the world. In Europe, in Asia, sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean. It’s going to have to stop. This is as serious as it gets. If the PLA control 5G, essentially it gives them a proxy for the next stage of high-tech development, quantum computing, the Internet 2.0, Internet of Things, plus the instantaneous sharing of mass amounts of data.
We can’t allow that to happen. I don’t think we’re going to allow it to happen.
People have to understand that this Huawei situation is not just some telecom company that the U.S. is picking on. This is the Chinese PLA that has inserted themselves into the free democratic countries of the world in a kind of 5th column — a stealth way to control mass communications and the internet.
Let us change the topic to U.S.-China bilateral trade negotiations. How do you see the negotiations? Will the U.S. only require China to buy more American goods?
I think that President Trump has two negotiations going on. One, you have these six verticals, of which [U.S. Trade Representative] Robert Lighthizer is leading [the talks] on technology transfer, state owned industries, currency manipulation, and fundamental restructuring of their economy.
Until we force them to restructure their economy, there are two different systems rolling here. You’ve got the international rules-based order, the international economy. And then you’ve got this mercantilist totalitarian system that is China.
What China hopes to do with One Belt One Road, the 5G rollout, and “Made in China 2025” is to essentially break the 300-year-old system that we [the West] has had since the Treaty of Westphalia. That was predicated on the [concept of the] nation-state, and the citizen as the unit on which the nation-state is built.
They hope to break that down to a network, in effect. And that’s what One Belt One Road is. What they see is China – the Middle Kingdom – is the advanced manufacturing army. That’s what “Made in China 2025” and 5G are.
Everybody else is just a supplier of raw materials and markets. We’re not client states, we’re all tributary states, Japan being nothing more than a colony. So this is what China has got in mind, and, quite frankly, it’s audacious.
We don’t have a choice — we have to stop it. And I think President Trump’s negotiations [with China] in these verticals is the beginning of stopping the economic war that China’s been waging against the West.
Now, certainly he’s getting all kind of pressure at home to cut a deal. There’s $50 billion USD of soybeans, corn, wheat, and natural gas exports [to consider].
But you have to remember, the U.S. is now in a situation where we’re a tributary state to China. We’re like Jamestown, and they’re Great Britain. We produce the soybeans, beef, pork, wheat, and natural gas, but essentially no finished products — no high-value-added manufacturing. That’s all in China, including our Boeing jets and Apple computers, Apple iPhones, and everything like that. That’s what Trump is trying to bring back to the U.S.
That’s the reason we won the election, because Ohio, Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Iowa, at least the manufacturing sector of Iowa, have been gutted by shipping the factories to China, and the jobs are leaving with them. That’s why the Upper Midwest voted for Trump. That’s what Trump will deliver on.
Now, the pressure he’s getting from Wall Street is, oh, you’ll get a deal and the stock market’s going to go off. That’s because the City of London and Wall Street are in bed with the Chinese.
They’re the ones that financed all this. Even in negotiations, the Chinese are open to closing all their other markets, but what they want to open up is finance. They want Wall Street to go in and bail them out because they’re in a horrible financial situation.
So that’s what Trump’s battling, and hopefully we’ll see the coming weeks where we force as much as these changes [as we’re looking for] in these verticals. Particularly in the area of state-owned industries and the forced technology transfers that have heretofore gone on. Until now, people have not engaged in [negotiating] those topics.
About the future cooperation between the U.S., Japan, and Taiwan. President Tsai [Ing-wen] granted an exclusive interview with The Sankei Shimbun, where she called on the Japanese government to hold talks with Taiwan on security issues. What do you think of her message, and what are your expectations for future cooperation among the players?
Look, it’s not for me to judge what the Japanese government does, but I think the Japanese government is going to come back and say, hey, I don’t think right now is the appropriate time to have discussions with Taiwan.
The situation in Taiwan is of particular interest. China has made the integration of Taiwan an even a bigger issue.
One of the reasons is, as economic times get tougher in China with the totalitarians — this radical cadre that controls it — they need to be able to point the [Chinese] people in a different direction. Particularly with the hyper-nationalism that exists on the college campuses and sometimes with these radical professors. I think they look at Taiwan as something they can always point back to, and potentially cause some troubles there instead of at home.
What I like is what President Trump did when he first took over the White House. [Up to then] we weren’t even sending naval vessels through the Straits of Taiwan, something that I did as a naval officer in the 1970s when I was in the 7th Fleet and it would pull in here to Japan. We would go through the Taiwan Straits and exercise freedom of navigation, guns up, radars turning, etc.
Before Trump, we didn’t even go into the Straits of Taiwan. Now we’re sending carrier battle groups, and we just sent the second carrier battle group there.
So I think you’re seeing the U.S. is telling China, “Don’t think that you’re going to get a free ride here in the Straits of Taiwan or in the South China Sea.” That being said, no one wants to see any kind of military situation.
I think what’s incumbent upon Japan and the U.S. is to work to make our alliance stronger. Particularly, what we want is a robust, vital, healthy, energetic Japan.
We’ve been terrific allies for 70 years, and I think we’ve got a lot more to accomplish. We both have an existential threat: China. And that happens to be on your doorstep, while we’re a little more geographically removed.
But remember the South China Sea. And remember that “America First” is not isolationism. “America First” is about where are the vital national security interests of the U.S. I happen to think that part of the vital national security interest of the U.S. is in the South China Sea. And the reason is that it’s absolutely essential to have free navigation in the South China Sea for our allies Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan, which I think are actually vital to American freedom.
So, it’s up to the Japanese people to decide. I wouldn’t want to speculate about what the cooperation is, but it’s going to be an increasingly big issue going forward. In particular, it’s going to be an inverse relationship to how slow the Chinese economy is.
The more the Chinese economy slows down, the more President Xi [Jinping] is going to have to point toward something else. I think that something else could very well be Taiwan.
Stephen Bannon, the chief strategist of US President Trump, spoke at a joint communication meeting held in Tokyo on the 6th. Mr. Trump indicated that he would be “re-elected” in the next presidential election in 2020, if he overcame several months following the intensifying pursuit of Russia’s suspicions by the Democratic Party and other parties confronting the administration.
STEPHEN BANNON 2019 KEYNOTE AT WPMA
“WPMA is excited to announce Stephen K. Bannon as our 2019 WPMAEXPO Keynote. Mr. Bannon served as CEO of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, and later served as Chief Strategist and Senior Counselor to the President. He is the founder of Citizens of the American Republic, a 501(c)4 that advocates for populism and economic nationalism and is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and the former Executive Chairman of Breitbart News. Mr. Bannon has a master’s degree in National Security Studies from Georgetown University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He served in the armed forces aboard the USS Paul F. Foster in the western Pacific, Arabian Sea and Persian Gulf, and later served at the Pentagon as a Special Assistant to the Chief of Naval Operations. Join us at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, February 20, to hear Stephen Bannon speak on current events and issues. You won’t want to miss this event”