Former White House official Steve Bannon expressed his “regret” over allegedly calling Donald Trump, Jr. “unpatriotic” and “treasonous” in a recent tabloid exposé; saying the President’s eldest son is “both a patriot and a good man.”
Bannon released an official statement to Axios after comments attributed to him were published in Michael Wolff’s “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” adding his “support is unwavering for the President and his agenda.”
“Donald Trump, Jr. is both a patriot and a good man,” writes Bannon. “He has been relentless in his advocacy for his father and the agenda that has helped turn our country around […] My comments about the meeting with Russian nationals came from my life experiences as a Naval officer stationed aboard a destroyer whose main mission was to hunt Soviet submarines.”
“My comments were aimed at Paul Manafort, a seasoned campaign professional with experience and knowledge of how the Russians operate,” he added. “He should have known they are duplicitous, cunning and not our friends. To reiterate, those comments were not aimed at Don Jr.”
Steve Bannon made national headlines earlier this month after excerpts from “Fire and Fury” made their way to the press.
The President immediately called-out Bannon for his hypocrisy, saying that when he lost his job at the White House “he also lost his mind.”