Steve Bannon Rejects 'White Nationalist' Label: 'I'm an Economic Nationalist'

Bannon spoke to The Hollywood Reporter in a rare interview.

"I'm not a white nationalist, I'm a nationalist. I'm an economic nationalist," he said in an interview with columnist Michael Wolff.

Bannon, whom Trump has tapped for a senior role in his White House, has been criticized for his leadership of Breitbart, and the controversial conservative website's stories and headlines.

Bannon also said Trump is planning a "trillion-dollar infrastructure plan" to help the president-elect deliver on his campaign pledge to create jobs.

"Like [Andrew] Jackson's populism, we're going to build an entirely new political movement," Bannon said. "The conservatives are going to go crazy. I'm the guy pushing a trillion-dollar infrastructure plan. With negative interest rates throughout the world, it's the greatest opportunity to rebuild everything."

Bannon's critics have accused him of peddling white supremacy, sexism and antisemitism in interviews and on Breitbart.

Republicans have largely remained quiet on Bannon's appointment, though some have defended Trump's right to select his own staff.