Rand Paul defends Bannon: Give him a chance

Rand Paul defends Bannon: Give him a chance
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Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulBusiness, conservative groups slam Trump’s national emergency declaration The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Kidney Care Partners — Trump escalates border fight with emergency declaration On The Money: Trump declares emergency at border | Braces for legal fight | Move divides GOP | Trump signs border deal to avoid shutdown | Winners, losers from spending fight | US, China trade talks to resume next week MORE (R-Ky.) is defending Stephen Bannon’s prominent role in the Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump nominates ambassador to Turkey Trump heads to Mar-a-Lago after signing bill to avert shutdown CNN, MSNBC to air ad turned down by Fox over Nazi imagery MORE White House, urging people to give the former Breitbart News executive a chance.

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Bannon’s appointment to serve as President-elect Trump’s chief strategist has been met with harsh criticism from Democrats. Republicans have rushed to Bannon’s defense to counter the characterization of him as a white nationalist.

“I’ve met him. I don’t think he’s a caricature of any of these horrible things the left is bringing out about him,” Paul told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer in a Tuesday interview.

“I don’t believe him to be a racist,” he continued. “I think that’s a lot of just sour grapes. Let’s give the guy a chance; let’s see how he performs.”

Paul made news earlier Tuesday for vocally opposing the idea of Trump appointing John Bolton as secretary of State.

Paul said Bolton, the former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, hasn't learned any lessons from the Iraq invasion and is closer to Democratic nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonOvernight Defense: Trump declares border emergency | .6B in military construction funds to be used for wall | Trump believes Obama would have started war with North Korea | Pentagon delivers aid for Venezuelan migrants Sarah Sanders says she was interviewed by Mueller's office Trump: I believe Obama would have gone to war with North Korea MORE than Trump on many foreign policy issues.