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Donald Trump defends Steve Bannon: ‘He’s not a racist’ but ‘we’ll see what happens to him’

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President Donald Trump wouldn't say whether he plans to keep his top White House strategist Steve Bannon on Tuesday, but defended him by saying media treats him "unfairly." – Aug 15, 2017

NEW YORK —President Donald Trump won’t say whether he plans to keep top White House strategist Steve Bannon.

The former head of conservative website Breitbart News has been back in the hot seat as some of Trump’s closest advisers nudge the president to get rid of him.

The anti-Bannon campaign comes as Trump is under fire for not immediately condemning white supremacists and other hate groups after deadly violence last weekend in Charlottesville, Va.

Bannon once described Breitbart as “the platform for the alt-right.”

READ MORE: Donald Trump asks should ‘alt-left’ have any guilt in wake of Charlottesville

At an impromptu press conference Tuesday, Trump answered questions about his top adviser by saying, “We’ll see what happens.”

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He also said Bannon was “not a racist,” even though the question asked was: “Can you tell us what you’re feeling about your chief strategist?”

“I like Mr. Bannon … I like him, he’s a good man, he’s not a racist. He’s a good person,” Trump said Tuesday.

“We’ll see what happens to Mr. Bannon, and he has been treated very unfairly in the press.”

READ MORE: Anthony Scaramucci believes Donald Trump should fire Steve Bannon

The comments about Bannon came during a press conference on Tuesday where Trump was supposed to comment on a new executive order on infrastructure rules.

He ended up fielding questions on the Charlottesville violence that left one dead when a car drove into a group of people counter-protesting a group of alt-right white nationalists.

During the press conference, Trump blamed what he called a group of “alt-left” protesters “violently attacking the other group.”

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