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Bannon's departure may harm U.S. foreign policy

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Steve Bannon made many enemies during his stormy seven-month tenure at the White House. He clashed with Donald Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner as well as top economic advisers and national security adviser H.R. McMaster. Bannon was also a divisive force for the country, instrumental in decisions like the travel ban barring people from several Muslim majority policies from entering the United States; a supporter of building a wall with Mexico, and a conservative blamed for stoking white voters’ resentment towards minorities.

However, Bannon’s departure could hurt U.S. foreign policy. During his stint in the administration, he added a much-needed voice favoring non-interventionism and the promotion of American economic interests. With him gone, it’s more likely that Trump could steer Washington in the wrong direction in areas ranging from Afghanistan to China.

Indeed, Trump’s Monday announcement that he plans to send more troops to Afghanistan may be an early sign that Bannon’s absence is already making itself felt. While Trump did not state the number of troops he would send, administration officials have reportedly indicated it would be around 4,000 – said to be in the mid-range of what the Pentagon was planning for. Bannon opposed plans by McMaster and Secretary of Defense James Mattis to add more U.S.........

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