Donald Trump's former strategist Steve Bannon has warned consumers that the White House's tariffs on foreign goods may put up the price of 'the junk you buy at Walmart'. The startling admission, in podcast interviews with The Economist came days after the White House announced the most punitive round of trade sanctions yet on Chinese goods. Walmart, the nation's and the world's largest retailer, had written to Trump's trade representative Robert Lighthizer earlier this month, urging him not to impose tariffs on items including Christmas lights, bicycles, shampoo, dog food and air conditioners. But Bannon told the Economist Asks podcast: 'Our system of economic nationalism is about maximizing
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For President Donald Trump's former chief strategist Steve Bannon, the invitation to headline the New Yorker festival next month must have been a high point in an otherwise rough year. In August 2017, six months after he had glowered from the cover of Time magazine alongside the headline "The great manipulator", Bannon lost his White House job. In January this year he lost his position at the helm of the alt-right website Breitbart and the patronage of the rich and powerful Mercer family. Granted, the New Yorker might be the apotheosis of what Bannon terms the globalist, opposition party media, but an interview with the editor David Remnick would cement the idea that the 64-year-old propagandist filmmaker and former naval officer and investment banker is neither a political has-been nor simply a right-wing attack dog, but rather an influential thinker whose ideas should be interrogated by one of the most respected journalists in America.
One of the leading British politicians pushing for a sharp exit from the European Union, Jacob Rees-Mogg, says he has no interest in joining a campaign to disrupt EU operations organised by former Trump White House advisor Steve Bannon. Rees-Mogg, whose image as an old-fashioned, unashamedly “posh” Conservative has endeared him to many voters disillusioned with more modern-looking politicians, said he had met Bannon only once, in 2017. “He is a very well informed man,” Rees-Mogg said of Bannon, but added: “We just had a discussion on world affairs. Rees-Mogg, chair of the European Research Group of anti-EU Members of Parliament, is a leading light of the staunchly anti-EU wing of Theresa May's party that is urging the prime minister to drop her “soft Brexit” strategy which would maintain many of Britain's close ties to the bloc.