January 8, 2018
I have already said I think he must have been drunk when he made these statements, because even if he wanted to say them, why would he say them to a book author instead of the press directly?
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.
“Donald Trump, Jr. is both a patriot and a good man,” read Bannon’s statement, which CNN obtained Sunday from a source close to Bannon. “He has been relentless in his advocacy for his father and the agenda that has helped turn our country around.”
The statement later adds: “I regret that my delay in responding to the inaccurate reporting regarding Don Jr has diverted attention from the president’s historical accomplishments in the first year of (Trump’s) presidency.”
Along with the above statements made to Axios, he released a media statement saying he was actually talking about Paul Manafort when he said “treason.”
The Guardian revealed last week that Bannon, formerly Trump’s chief strategist, said a Trump Tower meeting between Trump Jr and Russians during the 2016 presidential election campaign was “treasonous” and “unpatriotic”.
In his statement given to the Guardian and other outlets on Sunday, Bannon did not apologise for any of his remarks to the author Michael Wolff, which included strident criticisms of the president’s daughter, Ivanka Trump – whom he called “dumb as a brick” – and her husband, ((((((Jared Kushner)))))).
But he said he should have been quicker to clarify that his remarks about the June 2016 meeting in Trump Tower referred to Trump’s then campaign chairman, who was also present.
“My comments were aimed at Paul Manafort, a seasoned campaign professional with experience and knowledge of how the Russians operate,” Bannon said. “He should have known they are duplicitous, cunning and not our friends. To reiterate, those comments were not aimed at Don Jr.”
This is pretty garbled. Apparently he is saying he was misquoted? As in, words that he did not say were attributed to him?
If that was the case why didn’t he immediately come out with the statement?
The White House is saying Steve will never be invited back into confidence.
A White House official told Politico that it was “unlikely” Stephen Bannon would return to his former status in President Trump’s circle after Bannon released a statement reiterating his support for Trump.
Bannon called Donald Trump Jr. a “patriot” and a “good man” in a statement earlier Sunday, adding that he regretted not addressing comments attributed to him in a new bombshell book about Trump’s White House.
However, Politico reported that several Trump administration officials said the statement did not change the views of Bannon by those close to Trump.
Bannon said in the statement that his support for Trump was “unwavering” and that “President Trump was the only candidate that could have taken on and defeated the Clinton apparatus.”
Trump releasing a blistering statement claiming that Bannon “lost his mind” after the comments attributed to Bannon first emerged.
The former chief strategist is quoted in Michael Wolff’s “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House” as saying the Trump Tower meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and a Russian lawyer was “treasonous.”
“They’re going to crack Don Junior like an egg on national TV,” Bannon says in the book.
I think it’s fair enough to dump the guy.
The question now is whether or not Breitbart will dump him, and I think that if they are able, they will.
It’s all very sad. I don’t understand why someone would destroy their career and their legacy this way.
I guess the lesson is: if you’re totally plastered, go home. Don’t talk to reporters you may pass on your way home.