Top adviser contradicts Trump on North Korea, ridicules white supremacists

    17 de agosto de 2017

    Washington, Aug 17 (efe-epa).- The White House's chief strategist contradicted the president of the United States on North Korea and ridiculed white supremacists in a rare interview with a small left-leaning magazine.

    Steve Bannon, an economic nationalist and former executive chairman of right-wing media outlet Breitbart News, told The American Prospect that President Donald Trump and the US had no way of halting Pyongyang's nuclear ambitions.

    "Until somebody solves the part of the equation that shows me that 10 million people in Seoul don't die in the first 30 minutes from conventional weapons, I don't know what you're talking about. There's no military solution here. They got us," Bannon said.

    Those comments contradict Trump's recent vow to respond with "fire and fury" to North Korea's threat to exact revenge on the US for new United Nations-imposed sanctions.

    Trump's tough talk also followed reports indicating the secretive regime had developed an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of reaching US territory.

    Bannon said, however, the most pressing issue was the US's "economic war" with China and the need to take a tougher line on Chinese trade practices.

    "One of us is going to be a hegemon in 25 or 30 years and it's gonna be them if we go down this path," the White House chief strategist said in a rare interview, which American Prospect co-editor Robert Kuttner said had been initiated by Bannon.

    "To me, the economic war with China is everything. And we have to be maniacally focused on that. If we continue to lose it, we're five years away, I think, 10 years at the most, of hitting an inflection point from which we'll never be able to recover."

    Bannon also was asked about the violence that erupted last weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia, where a group of white supremacists obtained a permit for a rally to protest the removal of a statue in that college town of Gen. Robert E. Lee, the commander of the pro-slavery Confederacy during the 1861-1865 American Civil War.

    One woman was killed and many others were injured Saturday when an alleged neo-Nazi plowed his car into a group of counter-demonstrators.

    "Ethno-nationalism - it's losers. It's a fringe element. I think the media plays it up too much, and we gotta help crush it, you know, uh, help crush it more," he said in the interview, published Wednesday.

    His comments come as many on the left are calling for Trump to fire Bannon, who had once said Breitbart News was a platform for the "alt-right," a term that has become associated with white supremacy.

    Trump, who has come under fire in recent days for saying both sides shared blame for the violence and that there were good people among those protesting the plans to remove the statue, praised Bannon personally when asked about him following the events in Charlottesville but also cast doubt on his future in the White House.

    "I like him. He's a good man. He's not a racist ... But we'll see what happens with Mr. Bannon," Trump said in a news conference on Tuesday.