SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) — President-elect Donald Trump’s chief strategist of his transition team thinks there might just be a few too many immigrant chief executives running companies in Silicon Valley.
Steve Bannon, who previously served as Breitbart News Network’s executive chairman, has hinted at his thoughts on the subject during interviews in the past.
In an interview that took place between Trump and Bannon last year, the latter eluded toward how he thinks foreign students should return to their homelands after attending school in the U.S., instead of working at some of the Bay Area’s most elite tech companies, or starting their own. The interview was rediscovered by The Washington Post this week.
At the time, Trump himself voiced a displeasure of the sentiment. “We have to be careful of that, Steve. You know, we have to keep our talented people in this country,” Trump said.
When asked if he agreed, Bannon responded: “When two-thirds or three-quarters of the CEOs in Silicon Valley are from South Asia or from Asia, I think . . . ” he didn’t finish his sentence. “A country is more than an economy. We’re a civic society.”
While Bannon never directed any comments explicitly toward immigrants, he seemed to hint at the idea of a white nationalist identity with the phrase “civic society.” The 62-year-old has never been one to filter his opinions or beliefs, stories he’s allowed to appear on Breibart News including pieces that attacked women, feminists, political correctness, muslims, and trans people.
These are actual headlines Bannon published on his "news" site, this is Trump's chief strategist & sr. counselor: pic.twitter.com/4xRyWabKDS
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