Former Trump advisor Steve Bannon: ‘We’re at war with China’

By Brian Schwartz
Jul 18 2018

Steve Bannon, former top advisor to Donald Trump, said Wednesday that the U.S. has been embroiled in a trade conflict with China for decades.

“We’re at war with China,” Bannon said, praising Trump for taking on the Chinese. “We’re winning.”

Bannon was speaking at CNBC’s Delivering Alpha event Wednesday.

His appearance comes on the heels of a provocative statement he gave to CNBC on Tuesday in which he said Trump knows he needs to “unite the West against the rise of a totalitarian China.”

For Bannon, the war against China can only end in one way and that’s with the U.S. as victors.

“How it ends is in victory. Victory is when they give all full access to their markets,” he said.

Bannon says his message is still heard within the White House. He told CNBC he is in contact with administration officials and implied that he speaks with the president through lawyers.

Bannon’s resurgence comes after nearly a year after he was forced out of the White House but the former senior advisor said on Wednesday he will never return to the White House.