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Trump Defends Bannon, Says He Will Not Prosecute Clinton

HeadlineNov 23, 2016

Trump held an on-the-record meeting with reporters and editors at The New York Times office Tuesday, after briefly canceling the meeting earlier that morning. In the interview, Trump said he would not seek to prosecute Democratic presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, despite spending months threatening to “jail her” and inciting crowds to chant “lock her up, lock her up” during his campaign. At the Times building, Trump also defended his chief strategist, Stephen Bannon, claiming he did not think Bannon was racist, but instead thought he was a “decent guy.” Nevada Senator Harry Reid has called Bannon a “champion of white supremacists,” and the Southern Poverty Law Center has called Breitbart Media, which Bannon headed, a “white ethno-nationalist propaganda mill.” Trump also attempted to distance himself from white supremacists, who have celebrated his victory, including during a white supremacist conference over the weekend in which participants used the Nazi salute and quoted Nazi propaganda in the original German.

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