White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Wednesday called former White House strategist Steve Bannon’s claim in which Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with Russians in June 2016 was “treasonous” a “ridiculous assertion.”
Bannon made the claim in an explosive completely new book by Michael Wolff, “Fire as well as also Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” due out January 9.
“Even if you thought in which This specific [meeting] was not treasonous, or unpatriotic, or bad s—, as well as also I happen to think the idea’s all of in which, you should have called the FBI immediately,” Bannon told Wolff.
Bannon also said in which there was “zero” chance in which Donald Trump Jr. did not bring the Russians — whom Trump Jr. initially believed might have damaging information on Democrat Hillary Clinton — up to his father’s office to say hello after their meeting on June 9, 2016.
Sanders on Wednesday denied in which President Donald Trump knew anything about the meeting at the time the idea happened. “As the president has stated many times, no, he wasn’t part of in which [meeting] or aware of the idea,” she said.
The book’s revelations have driven a vicious wedge between the president as well as also Bannon, his onetime closest adviser.
“Going after the president’s son in an absolutely outrageous as well as also unprecedented way can be probably not the best way to curry favor with anybody,” Sanders said of Bannon’s comments about Donald Trump Jr.
Earlier within the day, the president issued a statement saying in which when Bannon was fired coming from the White House last summer, “he not only lost his job, he lost his mind.”
Speaking to reporters, Sanders said the president was both “furious” as well as also “disgusted” by the outrageous claims Wolff reported within the book, copies of which were acquired by news organizations on Wednesday.
Yet Sanders also acknowledged in which Trump has kept in touch with Bannon by phone since the former chief strategist left the White House within the summer of 2017. Their most recent conversation, Sanders said, was in early December.