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White House: Trump 'Furious, Disgusted' at Bannon Comments

White House: Trump 'Furious, Disgusted' at Bannon Comments
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By    |   Wednesday, 03 January 2018 05:07 PM

President Donald Trump was "furious, disgusted" at Steve Bannon's scathing comments in an upcoming book — and the president is not seeking an apology or "anything" from his former chief strategist, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Wednesday.

"Furious, disgusted would probably certainly fit when you make such outrageous claims and completely false claims against the president, his administration and his family," Sanders told reporters at the daily briefing regarding the president's reaction.

Sanders declined to say whether Bannon's comments, in which he slammed Donald Trump Jr., smacked of betrayal and responded "I don't think anything" when asked whether the president was seeking an apology from his former top aide.

"The president's statement is extremely clear what his position on Mr. Bannon is," she said, referring to Trump saying that Bannon "lost his mind" when he fired him last August.

"It was pretty lengthy and detailed and not really much to clarify or add."

In Wolff's book, "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House," Bannon provided many unflattering comments about Trump and his administration.

He said that a 2016 Trump Tower meeting between Trump Jr., Trump campaign aides and a Russian lawyer was "treasonous" and "unpatriotic."

Bannon added that a "zero" percent chance existed that President Trump himself did not know of the meeting at the time.

Wolff also said that Trump Jr. told a friend that the president looked as if he'd seen a ghost when it became clear he might win the November 2016 election and described Melania Trump as "in tears — and not of joy."

The book was excerpted by The Guardian — and New York magazine adapted it for publication.

Wolff said his work was based on more than 200 interviews, including conversations with the president and senior staff.

In his blistering response, President Trump said that "Steve Bannon has nothing to do with me or my presidency.

"When he was fired, he not only lost his job, he lost his mind.

"Steve was a staffer who worked for me after I had already won the nomination by defeating 17 candidates, often described as the most talented field ever assembled in the Republican Party."

At the briefing, Sanders declined to say what was behind the fracas but that "I think a number of factors played in.

"Going after the president's son in an absolutely outrageous and unprecedented way is probably not the best way to curry favor with anybody."

She dismissed Bannon's "treasonous" description of the Trump Tower meeting as "a ridiculous accusation," referring to his comments in a September interview with "60 Minutes" on CBS.

Bannon ripped accusations of Russian collusion by the Trump campaign as "a total and complete farce."

"If anyone's been inconsistent it's him," Sanders said. "Certainly not the president."

Trump also "wasn't a part or aware of" the meeting, which also included son-in-law Jared Kushner and former campaign chairman Paul Manafort.

Sanders said that Trump and Bannon regularly talked by telephone after he left the White House — the last conversation taking place in early December — and that they were "often asked for by Mr. Bannon.

"The president spoke with him. But that doesn't mean that he can't hold that position" regarding Bannon having "lost his mind" after he was fired from the White House, she added.

Trump also had only one "brief" conversation — not a sit-down interview — with Wolff for the book, Sanders said.

"It was around five to seven minutes in total since the president has taken office," she said. "That's the only interaction he had with Michael Wolff since he took office."

White House staffers who talked with Wolff for the book "did so at the request of Mr. Bannon," she added. "Close to 95 percent were all done so at the request of Mr. Bannon."

Overall, Sanders told reporters that the Bannon flap did not affect President Trump's standing with his core voters.

"The base and the people who supported this president still support the president and supported his agenda. Those things haven't changed.

"The president is still exactly who he was yesterday, who he was two years ago when he started out on the campaign trail.

"His agenda hasn't changed."

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President Donald Trump was "furious, disgusted" at Steve Bannon's scathing comments in an upcoming book — and the president is not seeking an apology or "anything" from his former chief strategist, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Wednesday.
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