Stephen Bannon is an American media executive, political activist, and former investment banker, who is executive chairman of Breitbart News. He served as the White House Chief Strategist in the administration of US President Donald Trump during the first seven months of his term. In this capacity, he attended the Principals Committee of the U.S. National Security Council. In August 2016, in the later months of the campaign, Bannon joined Trump’s 2016 presidential bid, taking the position of chief executive officer. Prior to taking a leave of absence in August 2016, he had been executive chair of Breitbart News. Bannon served seven years in the US Navy and successful careers in banking and the movie industry prior to Breitbart News. A self-described economic nationalist, Bannon advocates for reductions in immigration, restrictions on free trade with China and Mexico, and an increased federal income tax for those earning incomes of over $5 million a year. Bannon is a skeptic of military intervention abroad and has opposed proposals for the expansion of U.S. involvement in Afghanistan, Syria, and Venezuela.
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