Former White House and campaign strategist Steve Bannon has apologized to President Donald Trump and his loved ones for remarks he made in journalist Michael Wolff’s fresh novel, Fire and Fury: Within the Trump White House.
“Donald Trump Jr., is both a patriot and a good man,” the Breitbart leader said in a statement published only to Axios on Sunday morning. “He was persistent in his advocacy for his dad along with the agenda that has helped turn our country around. ”
“My support can also be unwavering for the president and his agenda,” Bannon lasted, “as I have shown daily in my national radio broadcasts, on the pages of Breitbart News and in speeches and looks from Tokyo and Hong Kong to Arizona and Alabama. ”
Bannon went on to praise his former manager for having “defeated the Clinton device”―that a call-back that Trump, notoriously fond of reliving his 2016 success, might appreciate―and sung the praises of “Trump and Trumpism. ”
Exclusive: Bannon says “I'm sorry” https://t.co/hPzx8m7fqx
— Jim VandeHei (@JimVandeHei) January 7, 2018
For Bannon, who (such as Trump himself) rarely allows himself to be viewed chastened in the public attention, this amounts to some rare and significant occasion. In short, he both rhetorically bowed to Trump and famous his first year in office, while distancing himself from his widely reported criticisms of this president’s eldest son.
Donald Trump Jr.. Was among the participants in a meeting with a prominent Russian lawyer at Trump Tower before election day that Bannon characterized as “treasonous” in Wolff’s new book. Bannon now says that he had been taking rhetorical goal at Paul Manafort, the campaign’s former chairman who was also in the meeting.
“My remarks were aimed at Paul Manafort, a seasoned campaign professional with experience and comprehension of how the Russians operate. He must have known they’re duplicitous, cute and not our friends. To reiterate, those remarks weren’t aimed at Don Jr.”
In the book, Bannon also commented that “they’re likely to crack Don Junior like an egg on national TV,” a remark he did not specifically address in his statement.
Bannon has apologized for his remarks concerning Trump Jr and many others in a statement provided to @mikeallen. Says his remarks about the Trump Tower meeting being treasonous “were aimed at Paul Manafort” pic.twitter.com/mdJN3AHwzm
— Natasha Bertrand (@NatashaBertrand) January 7, 2018
Bannon reasoned by characterizing the investigation of independent counsel Robert Mueller as a “witch hunt,” parroting the identical phrase Trump has employed to assault the investigation for months and apologized that his responding to “inaccurate reporting” diverted from Trump’s “historical achievements” in his first year as president.
The statement came just days following Bannon was rebuked by Trump and conservative billionaire Rebekah Mercer, a worthy megadonor and power agent in right-wing media. Mercer allegedly decided earlier this week to cut Bannon away from her funding, in what had been perceived as a devastating blow to his own position and influence on the best.
Trump, for his part, also flipped on Bannon in very public and derogatory terms after his remarks in Fire and Fury became public, accusing him of with “lost his mind,” and referring to him as “Sloppy Steve. ”