Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon said Sunday he regretted not responding sooner to comments attributed to him that were critical of Donald Trump Jr.in an explosive new book on the White House.
Bannon, who is also head of the far-right Breitbart News, doubled down on his backing for Trump as well, saying his support was "unwavering.as I have shown daily in my national radio broadcasts, on the pages of Breitbart News and in speeches and appearances from Tokyo and Hong Kong to Arizona and Alabama".
Axios first reported Bannon's statement.
Wolff and his publisher should probably send the president a fruit basket to thank him for his contribution to the success of the book.
In the book, Bannon voiced astonishment over the meeting that Trump Jr, the president's son-in-law Jared Kushner, and Manafort attended at Trump Tower in NY with a Russian lawyer, who was said to be offering damaging information about former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the Democratic presidential candidate. Bannon exited the White House in 2017, when he returned to Breitbart News as executive chairman.
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Bannon said he still supported Trump, whose public break with his one-time strategist and use of a derisive nickname for him, "Sloppy Steve", reflected the depth of the president's anger. Bannon said Manafort was "a seasoned campaign professional with experience and knowledge of how the Russians operate".
President Donald Trump is a self-described "counterpuncher".
In his statement Sunday, Bannon said his comments were not intended as a slight against the president's son.
Bannon explained in his statement that his averse reaction to the meeting stemmed from his experience in the Navy, explaining that he was "stationed aboard a destroyer whose main mission was to hunt Soviet submarines to my time at the Pentagon during the Reagan years, when our focus was the defeat of 'the evil empire'". President Trump was the only candidate that could have taken on and defeated the Clinton apparatus.