President Trump’s former chief strategist Steve Bannon is set to launch his right-wing pressure group next month as the ex-aide seeks to influence European elections.
The former chief executive of Breitbart, a far-right news website, has joined forces with Raheem Kassam, a former Nigel Farage advisor, to launch The Movement.
The Brussels-based group is believed to be targeting far-right political groups, such as France’s Front National, Germany’s AFD and Spain’s Vex.
The timing of the pressure group’s start comes before the European Parliament elections in the spring.
Mr Kassam said to the Sunday Express: ‘The level of interest… is immense. We are not yet in the position to announce who the partners will be.
‘We are still in conversations with these people as to whether it is a formal structure or an informal relationship.
‘We are in the process of building detailed information from polls and other data, focusing on the biggest countries in the EU.
‘What must be stressed is that we are not going into countries telling them what to think, how to campaign or what issues to campaign on.
‘All you have to do to be part of The Movement is to believe in nation state sovereignty.
‘We’ll work with anyone, as long as they believe Brussels has gone too far in taking control away from national parliaments and want to see those powers repaired.’
Bannon sees his new organisation rivalling George Soros’ Open Foundation, which has given away $32billion to liberal causes since it was established in 1984.
The non-profit will be a central source of polling, advice on messaging, data targeting, and think-tank research.
Bannon told the Daily Beat he was convinced the coming years will see an end to decades of European integration.
‘Right-wing populist nationalism is what will happen. That’s what will govern,’ he said. ‘You’re going to have individual nation states with their own identities, their own borders.’
He added he had held talks with right-wing groups across the continent, from Nigel Farage and members of Marine Le Pen’s Front National in the West, to Hungary’s Viktor Orban and the Polish populists in the East.
The architect of Trump’s nationalist-populist campaign and his election victory, Bannon was nicknamed the ‘Prince of Darkness’ and the ‘Shadow President.’
His economic nationalism became the lynchpin of Trump policies, even as many of his other ideas were rebuffed by policy rivals.
After new Chief of Staff John Kelly arrived, Bannon’s constant clashes with other advisors became untenable, as did his ties to the extreme right, which drew accusations that Trump fostered racists. Bannon left the White House last August.