Donald Trump’s chief strategist Steve Bannon: Too many Asians in Silicon Valley

“When two-thirds or three-quarters of the CEOs in Silicon Valley are from South Asia or from Asia, I think...” Bannon said.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: November 17, 2016 9:19 am
Trump, Donald Trump, Steve Bannon, trump administration, trump white house, donald trump white house, world news Stephen Bannon, campaign CEO for President-elect Donald Trump, leaves Trump Tower in New York. (Source: File/AP)

A 2015 Donald Trump interview resurfaced Wednesday and is making headlines for his chief strategist, Steve Bannon’s views on Asian immigrants working in the Silicon Valley. In a podcast for white nationalist website Breibart News, Trump expressed dismay at how illegal immigrants are taking away American jobs and lowering wages, and concern over those graduating from premier institutes and “thrown out” of the country.

“People are coming in and they’re taking jobs and people are getting paid less money,” Trump said. “A lot of it has to do with borders. When someone is going to Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Penn, Stanford, all the greats we throw them out of the country, and they can’t get back in.”

When Trump asked the Breibart executive chairman if he agreed with him, Bannon complained about the large number of Asians working in the Silicon Valley. “When two-thirds or three-quarters of the CEOs in Silicon Valley are from South Asia or from Asia, I think…” Bannon said. “A country is more than an economy. We’re a civic society.”

India-born Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, however, congratulated Trump on winning the presidential election. In his note to Microsoft employees last week, Nadella said he was looking forward to work with the new administration and added that “our commitment to our mission and values are steadfast, and in particular fostering a diverse and inclusive culture”.

Immigration has been the main focus of the Trump campaign, with the President-elect promising to build a wall across the Mexican border and making them pay for it. There is also talk of putting a cap on H-1B visas that would limit the number of foreign workers from joining the American work force. Bannon’s new role as chief strategist — reports say it is equally powerful as chief of staff — came under sharp criticism with calls for Trump to rescind the appointment. Bannon made Breibart News the converging point for the alt-right movement, and white nationalist views mainstream. Bannon is known for giving voice to opinions on his platform that propagate anti-Muslim, anti-Black and anti-feminism rhetoric. He was also accused by his former wife for being anti-Semitic.

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First Published on: November 17, 2016 9:15 am
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    BL
    Feb 6, 2017 at 2:21 am
    Steve Bannon is a horrible person and should be in jail and not in White House. These s will destroy the world soon. God help Americans and all the s and stupid people who voted for Donald Duck (Trump) and Mike Pence (Mickey Mouse).
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      Aslam
      Nov 17, 2016 at 10:39 am
      Brace yourself Indians.
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        KSRao
        Nov 17, 2016 at 4:54 am
        Soon there will be an immigrant in the White House itself! Immigrants have enriched the economy of the country and without them many universities and businesses have to close. Afterall, the US itself is a land of immigrants.
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          Manzoor
          Nov 17, 2016 at 7:08 am
          Bannon is a very poor choice. People will soon regret why they voted for Trump.
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            Mahender Goriganti
            Nov 17, 2016 at 8:01 am
            Closet racist America got what it wanted. time for Indians to pack up and leave and let america die its own death. Remember how successful India's across world from Nigeria, stan to FUj being victimised?? ^ vandalized with 'Dot buster' movement in US not long ago in 1960s I see the wisdom of Mother India to extend open arms to three generations back and forth with PIO/OIC
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              Narayan Srikanth
              Nov 17, 2016 at 11:15 am
              Racism in USA has always remained covert and with this election it will become covert as people become a bit more bold. Let us face it that this country while seeking Independence from Britain said " All me are created EQUAL......" and this was penned by the leaders of that time each of whom owned hundreds of slaves. With such history this country cannot overcome the racism on which it was founded.
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                Narayan Srikanth
                Nov 17, 2016 at 11:18 am
                With people like Steve Bannon surfacing in America, the original Americans should take to their bows and arrows to drive the white skinned racists back to Europe
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                  progho
                  Nov 17, 2016 at 6:10 am
                  Vladimir Putin has helped Trump in this election. So it can be expected that an US-Russia axis may grow. If that swath of white majority landm from America to Russia via Europe unite it will release catastrophic political energy blanking out any other ethno-political groupings. China would be the main loser because the blue collar white workers will force Trump to wreck WTO that will grievously harm China. India on the other hand do not clash with the interest of these blue collar employees but figure in high profile areas where intellectual inputs rather than manufacturing might matters. If high concentration of Indians in silicon valley is a matter of concern for white majoritian groups they do not provoke any anxiety about supremacy to white supremacy in the affaires of state or national outlook as in the case of other overtly identifiable immigrants like Muslims, Hispanics etc. Overall India is going to have an edge over China in international arena and gradual strengthening of her ties with America during last decade is going to pay rich dividend if India can shed its shackle of socialist morality. So persons like Ban on will not pose much problem for India in spite of their racial prejudices.
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                    Santanu Roy
                    Nov 17, 2016 at 5:20 am
                    Some people are arguing Bernie would have been a better candidate against Trump.Bernielt;br/gt;would have turned America into a Scandadanavian country and that would have beenlt;br/gt;disastrous for America and the rest of the world.What have happened is the best possiblelt;br/gt;thing to happen,Washington elite has been defeated,working cl has won and Americalt;br/gt;is safe.America will no longer remain America if it ceases to attract the brightest mindslt;br/gt;from across the world.I am not sure whether these ITprofessionals going there with H-1Blt;br/gt;visas can be categorized as specimens of those brightest minds
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                      B
                      Nov 17, 2016 at 10:30 am
                      Well! Looks like Americans will really have to think hard! A lot of them are white and from Europe. Very disconcerting. They all need to go back to Europe and we can all apply for visas from Native Americans.
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                        Shiv Ambardar
                        Nov 17, 2016 at 8:34 am
                        I saw it coming
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                          Shiv Ambardar
                          Nov 17, 2016 at 8:35 am
                          buyers remorse will set in
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