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STATEMENT OF CONGRESSMAN RICHARD E. NEAL ON THE NAMING OF STEVE BANNON AS THE WHITE HOUSE CHIEF STRATEGIST

November 15, 2016
Press Release

(WASHINGTON) Congressman Richard E. Neal released the following statement today after President-elect Donald Trump named controversial alt-right movement leader Steve Bannon as his Chief Strategist in the White House.

 

“Less than a week after he pledged to “bind the wounds of division,” President-elect Donald Trump has appointed a controversial, partisan and polarizing figure to the most powerful position in the White House. If he wanted to send a message to the American people that he was sincere about uniting the country, the President-elect would not have asked alt-right leader Steve Bannon to serve as White House Chief Strategist. His history of anti-Semitism, bigotry and homophobia is well known, and should be deeply troubling to every member of the American family. When former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke calls Bannon’s appointment “excellent,” that should be a clear signal to President-elect Trump that he made a bad decision. As he continues to assemble his White House staff, I hope the President-elect will appoint individuals with unquestionable integrity who share our country’s core principles and values. Reince Priebus, the mainstream Republican tapped to become the next Chief of Staff, passes that test. Unfortunately, Steve Bannon does not.”