WH: No Way Back for Steve Bannon

By Melanie Arter | January 9, 2018 | 10:46am EST
Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon (Screenshot of C-SPAN video)

(CNSNews.com) - The White House said Monday there is no way back into the president’s good graces despite former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon’s apology for comments he made in the Michael Wolff book.

“I don’t believe there’s any way back for Mr. Bannon at this point. It is very obvious that Mr. Bannon worked with Mr. Wolff in this particular book. The president has been very clear on his thoughts; issued a four-paragraph statement about Mr. Bannon. Zero ambiguity in those statements,” White House Deputy Press Secretary Hogan Gidley said during a press gaggle on board Air Force One en route to Nashville, Tenn.  

“It was obvious that the book was false and fake. The president pointed to that and also pointed that Mr. Bannon is not in it for the country but instead in it for himself, and those statements still stand,” Gidley added.

Bannon told Axios that he regretted that his “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.”

Bannon said that he meant for the “treasonous” label to be attached to Paul Manafort, not Donald Trump, Jr.

“My comments were aimed at Paul Manafort, a seasoned campaign professional with experience and knowledge of how the Russians operate,” Bannon said. “He should have known they are duplicitous, cunning and not our friends.”

In the book “Fire and Fury,” Bannon also criticized the president’s daughter, Ivanka, and her husband Jared Kushner.

Gidley said he hadn’t talked to the president about Bannon’s apology, but Gidley didn’t think there was a “way back at this point.”

“When you go after somebody's family, in the manner in which he did -- two of the president's children who are serving this nation, sacrificing in their service -- it is repugnant, it is grotesque. And I challenge anybody to go and talk about someone else's family and see if that person doesn't come back and come back hard,” Gidley said.


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