Published: Mon, January 08, 2018
Entertaiment | By Minnie Bishop

Steve Bannon expresses regret over comments in controversial book on Donald Trump

Steve Bannon expresses regret over comments in controversial book on Donald Trump

Earlier on Sunday, the administration continued its assault on Bannon, with Donald Trumps senior policy adviser, Stephen Miller, saying in a heated interview on CNN that comments by Bannon in the new book were "out of touch with reality", "vindictive" and "grotesque".

"Your network has been going 24-7 with all of the salacious coverage, and I know that it brings a lot of you guys a lot of joy to try to stick the knife in", Miller said of CNN's coverage of "Fire and Fury", which was written by Michael Wolff.

Later in the interview Miller called Bannon's involvement in the book "a betrayal to the president", and said the extent of Bannon's role in the Trump White House has been "greatly exaggerated".

Wolff has said the book was based on White House access, conversations with Trump and interviews with senior staffers, including Bannon.

Bannon appeared to focus his Sunday statement on what he said in the book about the Trump Tower meeting on June 2016 between Donald Trump Jr., Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner and then-campaign chairman Paul Manafort, and Russians promising dirt on Hillary Clinton.

Tapper pushed back on that claim, noting how many people from the White House are quoted, on the record, in Wolff's book.

Bannon issued a statement to news site Axios reaffirming his "unwavering" support for the president, and praising Trump's eldest son.

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Mr Trump previously defended himself on Twitter as a "very stable genius" and "like, really smart". He maintained that Bannon had little to do with Trump's political success, offering twice an authoritarian-tinged anecdote about the president's ability to dictate a speech on the fly.

Shortly after Miller's appearance on the show - which ended when Tapper abruptly cut him off, calling him "obsequious" and concerned only about "one viewer" - Trump tweeted about the "Fake Book, written by a totally discredited author".

"To reiterate, those comments were not aimed at Don Jr.", Bannon said.

"I've had to put up with the Fake News from the first day I announced that I would be running for President". 'And I also will say that the author is a garbage author of a garbage book'. Ronald Reagan had the same problem and handled it well.

"Leaving Camp David for the White House".

Late Saturday, Mr. Trump laid out the administration's 2018 legislative agenda while flanked by top-ranking House and Senate Republicans. "So will I!" Trump wrote.

After having gone back and forth with the Trump aide for more than a few minutes, Tapper told Miller that he was trying to get to the question of the president's fitness for office. "If they were stronger, hopefully, you would not have something like that happen where you can say whatever comes to your head".

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