AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said Wednesday the labor movement has had several ideological allies inside President Trump's White House. The problem was they were all racists.
"The problem was you had was you two factions in the White House. You had one faction that actually had some of the policies we would have supported on trade and infrastructure but they turned out to be racists," said Trumka, leader of the nation's largest labor federation, Wednesday morning at a press briefing hosted by the Christian Science Monitor. "On the other hand, you had people who weren't racist, but they were Wall Streeters."
Trumka indicated he was referring to people like former White House adviser Steve Bannon, who was fired from the president's staff earlier this month, among unspecified others. The union leader later clarified that was not referring to folks who were close allies of the labor movement but rather "racists who had some like-minded thoughts."
Asked which camp, President Trump belonged to, Trumka replied, "Which day? ... I don't know. I wish I had the answer to that question."