Steve Bannon apologizes to President Trump: 'My comments were aimed at Paul Manafort'
WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) -- Steve Bannon has apologized to President Trump for the comments he made in Michael Wolff's book, "Fire and Fury."
"Donald Trump, Jr. is both a patriot and a good man. He has been relentless in his advocacy for his father and the agenda that has helped turn our country around," Bannon said a statement released to Axios. "My support is also unwavering for the president and his agenda — 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."
Bannon said his comments were aimed at former campaign head Paul Manafort, who he referred to as "a seasoned campaign professional with experience and knowledge of how Russians operate."
"He should have known they are duplicitous, cunning and not our friends. To reiterate, those comments were not aimed at Don Jr.," the head of Breitbart News stated. "Everything I have to say about the ridiculous nature of the Russian 'collusion' investigation I said on my 60 Minutes interview. There was no collusion and the investigation is a witch hunt."
Excerpts from Wolff's book were released on Wednesday, including quotes from Bannon which called Donald Trump Jr.'s meeting with Russian officials at Trump Tower in 2016 "treasonous."
"Even if you thought that this was not treasonous, or unpatriotic, or bad sh*t, and I happen to think it's all of that, you should have called the FBI immediately," Bannon told Wolff in his book. "The chance that Don Jr. did not walk these jumos up to his father's office on the twenty-sixth floor is zero."
President Trump responded to Bannon's quotes in the book saying his former chief strategist has "lost his mind" and that he "has nothing to do with me or my Presidency."
Trump later tweeted that "Sloppy Steve" cried when he got fired and begged for his job.
"Now Sloppy Steve has been dumped like a dog by almost everyone. Too bad!," the President stated.
CNN reports that Bannon was going to refute the quotes attributed to him earlier this week but changed his mind. His reasoning for changing his mind was due to the President's remarks on Bannon. At the time, Bannon had not made up his mind about whether he would release a statement.