(CNSNews.com) - When asked to explain Wednesday what led to President Donald Trump and former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon’s falling out, considering that they most recently spoke in early December, the White House suggested it was Bannon’s comments about Donald Trump, Jr.
“I think there are a number of factors that played in. I would certainly think that going after the president's son in an absolutely outrageous and unprecedented way is probably not the best way to curry favor with anybody,” said White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said.
Sanders said the last time the president spoke to Bannon was “at the first part of December.”
When asked whether Trump felt betrayed by Bannon and regretted hiring him, Sanders said, “I think the president's statement is extremely clear what his position on Mr. Bannon is. It was pretty lengthy and pretty detailed, and there's not really much to clarify or to add.
As CNSNews.com reported, Bannon referred to a June 2016 meeting in Trump Tower attended by top campaign officials, including Donald Trump, Jr., and a group of Russian as “treasonous.”
“The three senior guys in the campaign thought it was a good idea to meet with a foreign government inside Trump Tower in the conference room on the 25th floor – with no lawyers. They didn't have any lawyers,” Bannon said, according to journalist Michael Wolff, whose book "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House," will be out next week.
"Even if you thought that this was not treasonous, or unpatriotic, or bad s–t, and I happen to think it's all of that, you should have called the FBI immediately," Bannon added.
The president issued a statement Wednesday afternoon, saying Bannon “not only lost his job, he lost his mind.”
“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 seventeen candidates, often described as the most talented field ever assembled in the Republican party,” Trump said in a statement issued by White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
When asked whether Don Jr.’s actions were treasonous, Sanders pointed to Bannon’s earlier comments to “60 Minutes.”
“I think that is a ridiculous accusation and one that I'm pretty sure we've addressed many times from here before. And if that's in reference to comments made by Mr. Bannon, I'd refer you back to the ones that he made previously on ‘60 Minutes,’ where he called the collusion with Russia about this president a total farce. So I think I would look back at that. If anybody has been inconsistent, it's been him. It certainly hasn’t been the president or this administration,” Sanders said.