‘If you think they’re going to give you your country back without a fight, you are sadly mistaken; Every day, it is going to be a fight. They’re corporatist, globalist media that are adamantly opposed — adamantly opposed to an economic nationalist agenda like President Donald J. Trump has.’
The administration is in an unending battle for “deconstruction of the administrative state.” Bannon dismisses the idea that Trump might moderate his positions or seek consensus with political opponents. The White House is digging in for a long period of conflict to transform Washington and upend the world order.
“That is what I’m proudest about Donald J. Trump. All the opportunities he had to waver off this, all the people who have come to him and said, ‘Oh, you’ve got to moderate’ — every day in the Oval Office, he tells Reince Preibus and I, ‘I committed this to the American people, I promised this when I ran, and I’m going to deliver on this.”
Bannon frames much of Trump’s agenda with the phrase, “deconstruction of the administrative state,” meaning the system of taxes, regulations and trade pacts that the president says have stymied economic growth and infringed upon U.S. sovereignty and that the post-World War II political and economic consensus is failing and should be replaced with a system that empowers ordinary people over coastal elites and international institutions.
At the core is a belief that “we’re a nation with an economy — not an economy just in some global marketplace with open borders, but we are a nation with a culture and a reason for being.”
Bannon repeatedly uses the phrase “economic nationalism” and posits that Trump’s withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement was “one of the most pivotal moments in modern American history.”
– “I’ve never met anyone in my life who has such focus and is so clear in the direction that he intends to go in; Steve is the person with an international perspective on all of this. He’s got a good feel for the direction that he wants to see across the West.”