American Conservatives founder Steve Bannon is the man behind Breitbart News, the far-right media outlet he founded in 2014.
He is also the author of the controversial “Drain the Swamp” plan for draining the swamp, which includes a plan to take the US out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal.
Bannon is one of the many “Never Trumpers” in the GOP and has publicly expressed his disdain for President Donald Trump, including a tweet on Friday saying the Republican Party must get “willing to fight” for Trump.
Bannon also once tweeted that Trump was “not my president” because the US has “no real interest in the Trans Pacific Partnership” (TPP).
The new Republican president-elect will inherit a Republican Congress, which has not passed a single major piece of legislation.
Bannon’s appointment as President-elect has been met with criticism from some Republicans, who say the move could create a White House where conservative viewpoints are not welcome.
“There’s a lot of good people in the Republican party who would welcome that,” said John Hudak, who is a former Republican Congressman from Ohio.
I don’t think they’re in agreement on what they want from that position.” “
But it’s very difficult to go from being the president to being the CEO of a media outlet.
I don’t think they’re in agreement on what they want from that position.”
According to the New York Times, Bannon has worked closely with Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan and is known for his conservative leanings.
Ryan and other Republicans have expressed concern about Bannon’s past comments on race and immigration, and a Whitehouse spokesperson told The Atlantic the incoming Trump administration will be led by a President Bannon, not someone else.
Republican Party strategist Karl Rove has called on the president-Elect to take a strong stance against Bannon, telling The Washington Post that Bannon’s appointment is a “dangerous precedent” and a “mistake”.
“The president is the most important job in the country, but we’ve got to have a president who is able to actually execute the president’s agenda, because we don’t have a majority in Congress,” Rove said.
The President-Elect has already faced a backlash from Republicans in Congress over his transition team’s handling of Trump’s appointment of Bannon.
In response, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said in a statement: “After a long deliberation, I have chosen to appoint Stephen Bannon as White House Chief Strategist and senior counselor to President-eleventh year Republican Senator Jeff Sessions.
This choice is based on the fact that I have confidence in the President-Eleventh year to continue to lead the Republican agenda and his understanding of the unique challenges that facing this country in the coming years.”
Sessions, who served in the White House from 1994 to 1997, is also considered one of Trumps closest advisors.
According for the US Senate’s website, Sessions was confirmed in January, the same month Bannon was appointed.
Says Senator Rand Paul, who has been a staunch critic of Bannon’s, “As a former federal prosecutor, I am not comfortable with the appointment of a white supremacist to the role of chief strategist of the Trump White House.
The appointment is particularly troubling given Sessions’ support for Donald Trump’s efforts to defund Planned Parenthood and to expand immigration enforcement.
There’s just too much at stake.”
The new president will also inherit a Democratic-controlled Congress, and he will inherit the Democratic-majority House of Representatives, which will have the ability to pass a number of important bills, including healthcare reform, tax reform and infrastructure.
While Republicans may be hesitant to vote for a conservative president, there are some signs that some Democrats will back Bannon.
Last week, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi tweeted that she supports Bannon.
“Steve Bannon is a man who is going to have to go,” Pelosi tweeted.
“He’s going to need a strong team to lead him and I hope he can be a strong leader.
But I support his appointment.
I think he has the talent, I think the ability, and I think his appointment will be a great signal to the rest of the country that we have a new President.”
However, the new Trump administration is also facing opposition from many Republicans who have already expressed their disdain for the president, including Senator John McCain, who once said Bannon was a “racist”.
McCain has said he is “very disappointed” in Bannon’s confirmation, and has called for the former White House chief strategist to step down from the position.