U.S. President Donald Trump's former chief strategist, Stephen Bannon, recently announced that he is a "Christian Zionist" in a speech he made at the annual dinner of the Zionist Organization of America in New York.
Bannon, along with other current and former officials of the Trump administration, attended ZOA's annual dinner on Sunday, Nov 12, and was given a standing ovation during his speech. He expressed pride in supporting Israel and commended Republican Jewish megadonor Sheldon Adelson for helping Trump when the president was embroiled in a sexual assault scandal, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency detailed.
"I am not a moderate, I'm a fighter," said Bannon during the ZOA event "And that's why I'm proud to stand with the State of Israel. That's why I'm proud to be a Christian Zionist. "
In addition, Bannon highlighted the Trump administration's priorities, and one of these is to move the American Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Although this has not yet seen fulfillment, the president has already made good on his other promise, which is to decertify the agreement involving Iran's nuclear program.
Despite Bannon's words of praise for Adelson, the Republican megadonor has chosen to break off from the former White house chief strategist because of the latter's efforts to ease out Republican incumbents. Andy Abboud, a spokesman for the casino mogul, said the Adelsons were giving their full support to Mitch McConnell, Politico reported.
Adelson's move came a month after Bannon fought against McConnell's political team's charges of being anti-Semitic. ZOA, however, issued a statement that defended him and affirmed that he fully supported Israel and opposed anti-Semitism.
Reacting to the news, Bannon's aides said the megadonor's move did not surprise them at all. They also said they did not expect Adelson to give them financial support in 2018.