Steve Bannon Vows To Hold Victoria Nuland Accountable

Steve Bannon recently vowed to hold Under Secretary of State Victoria Nuland accountable following the U.S. diplomat’s announcement that she would retire at the end of March 2024.

Nuland is the third highest-ranking U.S. diplomat and one of the main critics of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. She previously served as Assistant Secretary of State for Europe under then-President Barack Obama but retired after Donald Trump was sworn in as president in 2017.

After President Joe Biden took office, she returned to the federal government as Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs.

Nuland has emerged as one of the loudest critics of Russia’s war in Ukraine. In October 2023, Bannon’s War Room noted that White House visitor logs showed that the U.S. diplomat held multiple meetings with Biden in the early days of the Russia-Ukraine war, with such conversations occurring on the same days that foreign aid to Ukraine would be announced.

War Room reported that Nuland was caught on tape on several occasions advocating to influence internal Ukrainian politics. Under the Obama administration, she seemed to contemplate different ways to replace then-Ukrainian President Victor Yanukovych with Arseniy Yatseniuk.

Nuland is also believed to have led efforts by the U.S. to organize a 2014 revolution in Ukraine that ultimately led to Yanukovych’s resignation.

Given her direct involvement in influencing U.S. foreign policy and the Russia-Ukraine war, Bannon issued a scathing rebuke of Nuland and warned that she would soon be held accountable.

“Preserve your documents. Lawyer up because we are coming for you. You are the fountain head of everything about this Ukraine situation,” Bannon said.

Shortly after announcing her retirement, Secretary of State Antony Blinken applauded Nuland for her role in shaping U.S. foreign policy.

“Her efforts have been indispensable to confronting Putin’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, marshaling a global coalition to ensure his strategic failure, and helping Ukraine work toward the day when it will be able to stand strongly on its own feet — democratically, economically, and militarily,” Blinken said in a statement.

Nuland will soon be temporarily replaced by the former U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan, who oversaw the military’s disastrous withdrawal from the country, John Bass.