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Radio interviews reveal how Bannon subtly manipulates Trump: ‘You got to remember, we’re Breitbart’

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A series of one-on-one interviews last year between Steve Bannon and Donald Trump offer some hints –and some troubling clues — about how the two men will work together in the White House.

Trump, then a Republican presidential candidate, spoke to Bannon several times between November 2015 and June 2016 on Breitbart News Daily, which airs on SiriusXM satellite radio’s “Patriot” channel.

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The Washington Post examined about two hours of conversation between Trump and Bannon, whom he hired in August as his campaign chairman and then tapped this week as his chief strategist.

The newspaper found Bannon, who turned Breitbart News into a platform for the “alt-right,” used flattery and subtle manipulation to coax Trump into agreeing with his viewpoints on climate change, foreign policy or confronting other Republicans.

One exchange highlighted Bannon’s views on non-whites.

Trump, who has vowed to deport millions of undocumented immigrants, had expressed concern last November for foreign students who have to return home from Ivy League schools due to immigration laws.

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“We have to be careful of that, Steve. You know, we have to keep our talented people in this country,” Trump said.

He then paused, and Bannon said, “Um.”

“I think you agree with that,” Trump said. “Do you agree with that?”

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Bannon paused for a moment.

“When two-thirds or three-quarters of the CEOs in Silicon Valley are from South Asia or from Asia, I think,” Bannon said, but did not finish his sentence. “A country is more than an economy. We’re a civic society.”

Bannon disagreed with Trump on allowing highly educated foreign students who graduate from American colleges and universities to be allowed to go through the immigration process and stay in the U.S.

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“You got to remember, we’re Breitbart,” he told Trump. “We’re the know-nothing vulgarians. So we’ve always got to be to the right of you on this.”


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Millions around the world joined #ClimateStrike — demanding bold climate action

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Masses of children skipped school Friday to join a global strike against climate change that teen activist Greta Thunberg said was "only the beginning" in the fight against environmental disaster.

Some four million people filled city streets around the world, organizers said, in what was billed as the biggest ever protest against the threat posed to the planet by rising temperatures.

Youngsters and adults alike chanted slogans and waved placards in demonstrations that started in Asia and the Pacific, spread across Africa, Europe and Latin America, before culminating in the United States where Thunberg rallied.

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Trump announces new sanctions on Iran — and deploys US troops to the Middle East

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The United States announced Friday that it was sending military reinforcements to the Gulf region following attacks on Saudi oil facilities that it attributes to Iran, just hours after President Donald Trump ordered new sanctions on Tehran.

Trump said the sanctions were the toughest-ever against another country, but indicated he did not plan a military strike, calling restraint a sign of strength.

The Treasury Department renewed action against Iran's central bank after US officials said Tehran carried out weekend attacks on rival Saudi Arabia's oil infrastructure, which triggered a spike in global crude prices.

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‘Do a lot of stupid sh*t as quickly as possible’: Ambassador Power breaks down ’The Trump Doctrine’

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The former ambassador to the United Nations explained "The Trump Doctrine" during a Friday evening interview with comedian Bill Maher on HBO's "Real Time."

Samantha Power, the author of the new book, The Education of an Idealist, was asked by Maher about the foreign policy mantra of the Obama administration.

"Obama's foreign policy doctrine was famously summarized as 'don't do stupid sh*t," Maher noted. "Trump's, of course, is 'Do stupid sh*t.'"

"Do stupid sh*t as quickly as possible," Power clarified.

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