Axios reports that beleaguered former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon has issued a statement of “regret” regarding statements he made that have been quoted in Michael Wolff’s explosive new exposé, Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House.
“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.”
“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.”
“President Trump was the only candidate that could have taken on and defeated the Clinton apparatus. I am the only person to date to conduct a global effort to preach the message of Trump and Trumpism; and remain ready to stand in the breach for this president’s efforts to make America great again.”
“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 to my time at the Pentagon during the Reagan years when our focus was the defeat of ‘the evil empire’ and to making films about Reagan’s war against the Soviets and Hillary Clinton’s involvement in selling uranium to them.”
“My comments were aimed at Paul Manafort, a seasoned campaign professional with experience and knowledge of how the Russians operate. He should have known they are duplicitous, cunning and not our friends. To reiterate, those comments were not aimed at Don Jr.”
“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.”
“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 his presidency.”
Not sure how Bannon squares his statements about the Trump Tower/Russian meeting as being about Paul Manafort when he clearly said, according to Wolff, “They’re going to crack Don Junior like an egg on national TV.'”
After five days of hammering from @POTUS and his allies, it’s Bannon who “cracked like a soft egg.”
Sloppy Steve just became Sorry Steve.https://t.co/JMV8LlZ4Fj
— David Axelrod (@davidaxelrod) January 7, 2018
TRANSLATION of Steve Bannon’s regret statement: As a Naval Officer who hunted Soviet submarines, I am confirming again that the 2016 Trump Tower meeting with Manafort, Kushner, @DonaldJTrumpJr & the Russians was treasonous. But I only meant Manafort is a traitor. https://t.co/SOr975noy6
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) January 7, 2018
So Bannon is admitting he use the word “treasonous…”
But just that it applied it to Trumps campaign manager, not his son.
Brilliant, Sloppy Steve. pic.twitter.com/ysP1M6gxti
— Lee Stranahan (@stranahan) January 7, 2018
So, is #SteveBannon a cuck now? Am I using the word correctly? I’m so confused.
— Darren Hayes (@darrenhayes) January 7, 2018