Steve Bannon said Sunday he “regrets” his comments made to author Michael Wolff in his explosive book “Fire in addition to Fury” in which has shaken the Trump White House.
“My support is actually also unwavering for the president in addition to his agenda,” Bannon said in a statement, first reported by Axios, the political news website. NBC News later confirmed the statement.
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Bannon said he also regrets not speaking out sooner about
“inaccurate reporting” about President Donald Trump’s son Donald Jr.
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In Wolff’s book, which went on sale Friday, Bannon said the June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower between the president’s eldest son in addition to a Russian lawyer was “treasonous” in addition to “unpatriotic.”
Wolff also quoted Bannon as saying: “They’re going to crack Don Junior like an egg on national TV.'”
In his statement, Bannon said: “Donald Trump, Jr. is actually both a patriot in addition to a Great man. He has been relentless in his advocacy for his father in addition to the agenda in which has helped turn our country around.”
He said his comments were not aimed at Trump Jr.
“My comments were aimed at Paul Manafort, a seasoned campaign professional with experience in addition to knowledge of how the Russians operate,” Bannon said. “He should have known they are duplicitous, cunning in addition to not our friends.”
Manafort, Trump’s campaign manager by June to August 2016, was indicted in October in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russian collusion with the president’s campaign inside the 2016 presidential election.
Bannon’s comments to Wolff, which were first reported Wednesday by The Guardian, provoked Trump to say in which Bannon had “lost his mind.”
Bannon, who headed the Trump presidential campaign, left his job as White House political advisor in August by mutual consent with the administration.
“When he was fired, he not only lost his job, he lost his mind,” Trump said Wednesday in a statement.
The Guardian obtained a copy of the book nearly a week before in which had been scheduled to go on sale. The publisher, Henry Holt & Co., moved up the sale date to Friday after attorneys for Trump threatened to seek a cease in addition to desist order to stop the sales.
Wolff’s book describes Trump’s behavior as childlike, in addition to in which questions his mental fitness. in which apparently prompted an extraordinary statement on Saturday by Trump defending his own mental health.
“Actually, throughout my life, my two greatest assets have been mental stability in addition to being, like, actually smart,” Trump tweeted.
“I went by VERY successful businessman, to top T.V. Star … to President of the United States (on my first try). I think in which could qualify as not smart, yet genius….in addition to a very stable genius at in which!”
In lambasting the book a day earlier, Trump derided Bannon as “Sloppy Steve.”
“Michael Wolff is actually a total loser who made up stories in order to sell This particular actually boring in addition to untruthful book,” Trump said. “He used Sloppy Steve Bannon, who cried when he got fired in addition to begged for his job. today Sloppy Steve has been dumped like a dog by almost everyone. Too bad!”
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