House minority leader Nancy Pelosi, pictured at Mission High School in October 2014, released a statement Monday regarding Trump's latest appointment to his cabinet. (Erica Marquez/2014 Special to S.F. Examiner)

Pelosi calls Bannon’s appointment an ‘alarming signal’ of Trump presidency

Nancy Pelosi, the Minority Leader of the U.S. House of Representatives, released a statement on Monday on the appointment of Steve Bannon as the White House’s new Chief Strategist. The confirmation of his role is the latest hiring move by President-elect Trump, and has raised concerns among critics who worry Bannon’s background with the alt-right movement will affect the country’s racial relations.

“After winning the presidency but losing the popular vote, President-elect Trump must try to bring Americans together – not continue to fan the flames of division and bigotry,” Pelosi wrote. “Bringing Steve Bannon into the White House is an alarming signal that President-elect Trump remains committed to the hateful and divisive vision that defined his campaign. There must be no sugarcoating the reality that a white nationalist has been named chief strategist for the Trump Administration.”

“Democrats are committed to finding common ground for hard-working families.  But we will stand our ground and strongly oppose attempts by this Administration to scapegoat and persecute Americans because of who they are, how they worship, or who they love.”

Bannon will join the White House ranks in January, along with Reince Priebus as Chief of Staff.

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