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President Donald Trump's White House Senior Adviser Steve Bannon arrives for a news conference with President Donald Trump, Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017, in the East Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Steve Bannon said 'deconstruction of the administrative state' is a top policy goal

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Steve Bannon, the White House chief strategist, said during a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference that one of his top policy goals was "deconstruction of the administrative state."

Bannon, a self-described "economic nationalist," said that President Trump also had an "economic nationalist agenda." 

Bannon spoke with White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus at the conservative conference.

He also named national security as a top administrative goal.

This came after Dan Schneider, executive director of the American Conservative Union -- which runs CPAC -- deemed the "alt-right" a "hateful, left-wing fascist group," The Washington Post reports. Bannon was once the editor of Breitbart News, which he called the "platform for the alt-right." Alt-right refers to an ideology that’s a mix of racism, white nationalism and populism.

Bannon and Priebus also repeatedly praised Trump, saying he had united conservatives and will be "one of the greatest presidents who have ever served this country."

The interview also featured multiple attacks on the news media.

He did not have a rosy forecast for the future of the clash between Trump and the press.

If you think [the media] are going to give you your country back without a fight, you're sadly mistaken.
Steve Bannon

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