Cicilline Statement on Reported Departure of Steve Bannon

Friday, August 18, 2017

PAWTUCKET – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI), who led nearly 170 Members of Congress last November in asking President Trump to rescind the appointment of Steve Bannon as White House Chief Strategist, issued the following statement today:

“Steve Bannon built a media empire by catering to white supremacists, Klansmen, and Nazis. When Donald Trump hired him, it sent a clear and disturbing signal about what type of President he would be.”

“I’m happy that Steve Bannon will no longer work in the White House. But his departure cannot wash away the harm he and the President have done. It can’t reverse the Muslim Ban. It can’t reverse the President’s inappropriate attacks on a Federal judge of Mexican heritage. And it can’t reverse the White House’s reluctance to denounce white supremacists.”

“President Trump may want the American people to believe that he’s now serious about taking on racism. But he knows that actions speak louder than words. And as long as Sebastian Gorka and Stephen Miller still have jobs in the Trump administration, we should expect more of the same hurtful words and harmful actions.”

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