Bannon's 'treasonous' comment directed at Trump Jr., not Manafort - author

Lester Mason
January 9, 2018

The mea culpa comes after President Trump's former chief strategist was widely lambasted by members of the Trump administration for his participation in the newly released book, "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House", which was written by Michael Wolff.

Bannon infuriated Trump with comments to author Michael Wolff describing a June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower in NY between Donald Trump Jr., Trump campaign aides and a Russian lawyer as "treasonous" and "unpatriotic". "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".

Bannon sought to make amends Sunday, saying in statement his description wasn't aimed at Trump's son but at former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.

Britain's The Guardian newspaper on Wednesday first revealed that Bannon, quoted from excerpts of the book "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House", described the 2016 meeting at Trump Tower between a Russian lawyer and Trump' s son and son-in-law as " treasonous" and " unpatriotic".

Although Bannon's statement Sunday said his comments in the book were "not aimed at Don Jr.", a quote attributed to Bannon in the book predicted, "They're going to crack Don Junior like an egg on national TV". "President Trump was the only candidate that could have taken on and defeated the Clinton apparatus".

Chief policy adviser Stephen Miller says the picture "is so contrary to reality" and calls the book "trash".

Miller's interview on CNN's "State of the Union" quickly grew heated, with Miller criticizing CNN's coverage and moderator Jake Tapper pressing Miller to answer his questions and accusing him of speaking to only one viewer: Trump. Before it ended, Tapper told Miller, who is known for his hard-edge attacks on political opponents and the media, that he was wasting his audience's time.

He said that Trump had initially flattered him about the project and that he had told interview subjects "the president said he likes this idea" of a book.

On Saturday, the president, responding to the book's depiction of his actions in office as erratic, had called himself a "very stable genius".

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President Donald Trump speaks to the press after holding meetings at Camp David, Jan. 6, 2018 in Thurmont, Md.

And yet Gorka - in an effort to stand by his man - has confirmed that Wolff did indeed have access to the White House and that staffers were asked to speak with him for the book.

Hansen said he never thought that he'd see a rise in sales of his own book, titled Fire and Fury: The Allied Bombing of Germany, 1942-45, when Wolff's book was released.

Wolff also repeated an assertion in the book that many in the White House had talked about the possible invocation of the 25th Amendment, a constitutional provision that permits a president's powers to be transferred to the vice president when the vice president and a majority of the Cabinet or a body created by Congress conclude that the president is incapable of performing his duties.

The White House has lashed out against Wolff and the book, calling it a "work of fiction".

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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