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Steve Bannon believes Christians locked in ‘bloody conflict’ with Islam — now he heads US security

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Over the weekend, President Donald Trump quietly added his White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon as a top official of the National Security Council. Bannon has been a controversial pick for a Trump administration cabinet member from the start.

The former Breitbart editor has promoted the “alt-right,” a fringe right-wing movement that embraces authoritarianism, white nationalism and anti-feminism. Bannon referred to Breitbart last August as “the platform for the alt-right.”

A few years back, Bannon made a speech at an international conference in which he essentially called for a Christian holy war, AlterNet reports. During his remarks at the Vatican in 2014, he declared to the crowd, “We’re at the very beginning stages of a very brutal and bloody conflict,” adding that “We are in an outright war against jihadists, Islam, Islamic fascism.”

Bannon warned members of the audience:

We’re at the very beginning stages of a very brutal and bloody conflict, of which if the people in this room, the people in the church, do not bind together and really form what I feel is an aspect of the church militant, to really be able to not just stand with our beliefs, but to fight for our beliefs against this new barbarity that’s starting, that will completely eradicate everything that we’ve been bequeathed over the last 2,000, 2,500 years.

You can hear some of his remarks below.

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Now that Bannon has been offered a top seat on the National Security Council, he will also have a role in some of the most sensitive operations facing the nation. He will also have access to sensitive intelligence.

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Bannon has also been an actor behind many of the executive orders that the Trump administration has rolled out in its first week, including a push toward repealing Obamacare, and preventing immigrants and refugees from seven Muslim-majority from entering the U.S.

“He’s telling Trump that he can do everything he said he would do on the campaign trail,” a source close to the Trump administration told Politico. Bannon’s expansive role in the White House is cause for concern, considering his positions in regards to the white, Christian “Western” world.

During his remarks at the Vatican, he claimed, “the world, and particularly the Judeo-Christian West, is in a crisis.” He explained, “It is really the organizing principle of how we built Breitbart News to really be a platform to bring news and information to people throughout the world — principally in the West, but we’re expanding internationally — to let people understand the depths of this crisis.”

You can read the full transcript of his speech here, via BuzzFeed News.

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Trump biographer mocks president for humiliating foreign policy ‘triple fail’

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Trump biographer Timothy O'Brien on Monday published a column for Bloomberg in which he mocked the president for suffering a humiliating foreign policy "triple fail" that exposed his presidency's biggest weaknesses.

In his column, O'Brien pointed out that Trump's threats of major actions against Mexico and Iran never amounted to anything, while also noting that the president backed off his plans to begin the mass deportations of undocumented immigrants.

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How the New York Times creates credibility for Trump

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There’s a good reason why the Times decided against running on its front page news of the latest woman to accuse the president of rape. The Times still does journalism the way it always has. It gives people in power the never-ending benefit of the doubt.

When you are willing to give people in power the benefit of the doubt no matter how many times they have proven they are unworthy of that benefit, it’s not all that important when the 16th person comes forward credibly to accuse Donald Trump of anything, even if, in the case of columnist E. Jean Carroll, the allegation is rape.

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Ex-Trump aide Jason Miller forced out of posh legal job after profane rant against House Judiciary chair

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Another former advisor to President Donald Trump is being "retired" from their position after a social media rant about House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY), the Daily Beast reported.

Miller was working as a managing director at a prominent Washington, D.C. consulting firm before the rant, but after it is "parting ways."

“I have parted ways with Teneo by mutual consent and look forward to formally announcing my next move in the coming weeks,” Miller said in a statement. “Teneo is an incredible firm and without a doubt the premier CEO consultancy on the planet. They have always been great to me and I’m proud to have called them teammates for the past two and a half years.”

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