Steve Bannon: Fired architect of Trump's campaign insists he's still relevant. Others aren't so sure - 2018-12-13
What's clear is that nearly 18 months after the architect of President Donald Trump's "America First" national populism was fired as White House chief strategist, Bannon insists he remains a key player in an ongoing global political insurrection he defines as a clash between the legitimate demands and grievances of working-class citizens versus a corrupt, out-of-touch, cosmopolitan, liberal elite.
Bannon's many critics counter he's more a skilled provocateur whose Svengali-like instincts propel him to controversial political battlegrounds where he sows confusion and discontent. Think of Britain's vote to leave the European Union, corruption probes in China, far-right nationalist campaigns in France, Hungary and elsewhere.
"There's populist movements everywhere, whether it's with Brazil and (new President Jair Messias) Bolsonaro, in Pakistan with (Prime Minister Imran) Khan, in India (with Prime Minister Narendra Modi) or throughout Europe. I go all over the world to give talks. And if I wanted to, I could stay outside the United States for a whole year doing just that," Bannon said in a recent interview with USA TODAY in Britain's capital.