Steve Bannon, the Breitbart News executive chair who become Trump's campaign CEO before recently being named Trump's chief strategist for his presidency, has been under a ceaseless barrage of attacks by liberals, the Democrat political establishment, and the mainstream media.
In an interview Tuesday afternoon with Trump, the New York Times grilled the president-elect on his choice and the accusations that Bannon is white supremacist and, in the words of failed Democrat presidential candidate Howard Dean, "a Nazi," according to CNN.
According to the New York Times live Twitter feed of the interview, Trump replied that, "If I thought he was a racist or alt-right or any of the things, the terms we could use, I wouldn't even think about hiring him."
He added that "a lot of people are coming to his defense right now," including Republican Party leader Reince Priebus, who Trump just picked to be his White House chief of staff.
Of Bannon personally, Trump added, "I think it's very hard on him. I think he's having a hard time with it. Because it's not him."
Trump also defended the credibility of Breitbart News and denounced what the Times called a Nazi conference in D.C. Saturday convened by self-proclaimed alt-right members.
"I disavow and condemn," Trump made clear.
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