GOP lawmaker calls for Trump to fire Steve Bannon (video)

During an interview with ABC New York, Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) called for President Donald J. Trump to fire his chief strategist Steve Bannon, because of remarks Bannon made during a phone call with a writer from the liberal magazine, The American Prospect.

Bannon reportedly telephoned the American Prospect writer Tuesday and said, “The Democrats, the longer they talk about identity politics, I got ’em. I want them to talk about racism every day. If the left is focused on race and identity, and we go with economic nationalism, we can crush the Democrats.”

King minced no words in response to Bannon’s comments, calling them exploitative and said, “I think it’s important for the president to fire Steve Bannon. He should go.”

King went further, determining what he thought Bannon meant. “What he said the other day where he was saying that he hopes the Democrats use race as an issue because that’s a winner for Republicans, that to me is exploiting the racial issue. That can’t be allowed.”

Bannon made additional comments to the American Prospect writer, which Rep. King reacted to. On North Korea, Bannon is reported to have said that there was no “military solution” to North Korea’s nuclear threat, which in King’s opinion, undermined the President’s tough “fire and fury” stance on North Korea.

King went on to further point out why King wants to see Bannon fired, stating, “Also, the fact that he is undercutting the president, the secretary of defense, the secretary of state, and the head of the National Security Council on North Korea; to me, his time in the White House should be over.”

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