Despite President Trump threats of “fire and fury” for Kim Jong–un unless he backs down Bannon insists “they got us.”
The strategist told US publication The American Prospect to “forget about” solving North Korea’s nuclear threat with military force in a candid interview.
Bannon highlighted the threat Pyongyang’s conventional arsenal poses to the South Korea capital Seoul.
He said: “Until somebody solves the part of the equation that shows me that ten million people in Seoul don’t die in the first 30 minutes from conventional weapons, I don’t know what you’re talking about.”
The former Breitbart editor said he would be willing to consider a deal with China to stop North Korea’s nuclear build up.
He suggested the removal of US troops from the Korean peninsula as a possible exchange for verifiable inspections of the North’s nuclear capabilities.
Bannon detailed his fight in the White House to take a tough line on China’s trade practices. But said the battle had now taken a backseat to plans for China the broker a deal with Kim Jong–un.
The media executive added: “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, ten years at the most, of hitting an inflection point from which we’ll never be able to recover.”
When challenged on white supremacists continued support for the President, Bannon dismissed the far-Right groups.
He claimed: “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, help crush it more.”