On Thursday, Nancy Pelosi slammed Trump’s senior adviser Stephen Bannon, referring to him as a “White Supremacist” twice during her weekly news conference.
Pelosi said, “What’s making America less safe is to have a white supremacist named to the National Security Council as a permanent member, while the chairman of the Joint Chiefs and the Director of National Intelligence are told, ‘Don’t call us, we’ll call you.”
She also lamented that by appointing Bannon to the NSC, it diminished the roles of the Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman and the director of national intelligence.
“It’s a stunning thing that a white supremacist, Bannon, would be a permanent member of the National Security Council and dismissing the chairman of the Joint Chiefs and the director … of national intelligence as members,” said the California Democrat.
Bannon helped Trump create the controversial executive order that temporarily blocks entry by immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries, while banning all refugees from entering the U.S. for 120 days.
Pelosi also raised questions about Trump being fit for the job and mentioned a proposal that Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) was reportedly considering, which would require Trump to undergo a medical and mental health assessment.
“If you’re going to have your hands on the nuclear codes, you probably — we should probably know what mental state you’re in,” said Pelosi. She told reporters, “I can’t wait until he introduces that legislation, to be able to join him as co-sponsor of that…I think it’s a very good idea.”
The report also claims that Pelosi’s comments came one day after House Democrats sent a letter to Trump asking him to remove Bannon from the NSC. The letter read: “[We] demand you immediately undo the politicization of America’s national security,” they added. “It is completely dangerous and morally reprehensible.”
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