Trump's Newly Named Chief Strategist Pick Draws Criticism and Concern

Stephen Bannon, the former chairman of Breitbart News, has been criticized for his ties to the alt-right movement.
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And we begin tonight with president-elect Donald Trump's team, now being formed, also coming into focus tonight, his plans on immigration, his proposed wall, and on the supreme court, roe versus wade. Also tonight, we are hearing from president Obama for the first time, about that meeting at the white house, those 90 minutes together. He is asked, were there any surprises? And we start tonight with Mr. Trump's first choices, and they do not come without controversy. ABC's Tom llamas, on the new trump team. Reporter: Tonight inside trump tower, one of the president-elect's top advisers now becoming the story. Stephen Bannon, former chairman of right-wing Breitbart news, now named chief strategist and senior counselor to the new president. Bannon upfront about his loathing for the political establishment. Don't believe the mainstream media, don't believe the establishment, do not believe the perma political class. We are on the right side of history. Reporter: Bannon, a champion of the alt-right, a movement many say is fueled by racism, sexism and anti-semitism. The man who will soon shape the white house message published headlines like these -- "Hoist it high and proud: The confederate flag proclaims a glorious heritage." "Birth control makes women unattractive and crazy." And this one, calling conservative analyst bill kristol a quote "Renegade Jew." Today, the southern poverty law center saying Bannon "Simply has no business in the white house." The anti-defamation league calling him "Hostile to core American values." Steve Bannon's been the general of this campaign, and frankly, people should look at the full resume. He's got a Harvard business degree. He's a naval officer. He has success in entertainment. And he certainly was a Goldman Sachs managing partner. Brilliant technician. Reporter: Bannon's appointment comes amid ugly fallout from the election. These words scrawled near a church in Maryland -- "Trump nation. Whites only." And in one Pennsylvania school, chants of "White power." White power. Reporter: In a Michigan cafeteria, Latino students harassed by chants of "Build the wall." Build the wall! Build the wall! Reporter: Trump asked about it on "60 minutes." I am so saddened to hear that. And I say stop it. If it -- if it helps. I will say this, and I will say right to the cameras. Stop it. Reporter: The president-elect now turning his attention to the supreme court, vowing to appoint justices who will overturn roe V wade. I'm going to -- I'm pro-life. The judges will be pro-life. If it ever were overturned, it would go back to the states. So, it would go back to the states and -- Then some women won't be able to get an abortion. No, it'll go back to the states. By state -- no, some -- Yeah. Yeah, well, they'll perhaps have to go, they'll have to go to another state. Reporter: But what about the supreme court ruling on same-sex marriage. Would that go back to the states, too? It's law. It was settled in the supreme court. I mean, it's done. Reporter: Trump still refusing to reveal his plan to take on ISIS. You said you knew more than the generals about ISIS. Well, I -- I'll be honest with you, I probably do because look at the job they've done. Okay, look at the job they've done. They haven't done the job. Now, maybe it's leadership, maybe it's something else. Who knows? Reporter: And what about trump's promise to build a border wall? Are you really going to build a wall? Yes. They're talking about a fence in the Republican congress, would you accept a fence? For certain areas I would, but certain areas, a wall is more appropriate. I'm very good at this, it's called construction. Reporter: "The Wall Street journal" reporting that after his meeting at the white house, trump was surprised by the scope of his new responsibilities. But on "60 minutes," nothing but confidence. Are you in any way intimidated, scared about this enormous burden, the gravity of what you're taking on? No. Not at all? I respect it. But I'm not scared by it. And Tom llamas joins us live tonight from trump tower. And Tom, president-elect trump has been fielding calls from world leaders over the last several days, and today, he had his first conversation with Russian president Vladimir Putin? Reporter: President-elect trump's office tells us that the Russian leader called trump to congratulate him about the election, and president-elect trump noted, he wanted to have a strong and enduring relationship with Russia. Now, the Kremlin says they will continue their conversations on the phone, but they hope to have a face to face meeting in the future. This coming as the transition process is well under way. We mentioned Steve Bannon. He will be an equal partner with reince Priebus, the new white house chief of staff. Trump tapping a D.C. Insider to help him with Washington. David?

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