Steve Bannon expresses regret over comments in West Wing tell-all

Steve Bannon expresses regret over comments in West Wing tell-all

Mr. Miller also pushed back against the perception that Mr. Bannon, whose harsh criticism of Mr. Trump and his family in the book has caused a sharp falling-out with the president, had ever played a Svengali-like role as chief strategist in the White House and on the presidential campaign.

In the book, "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House", by Michael Wolff, Mr. Bannon said Mr. Trump had "lost his stuff", and he described the meeting with Russians attended by Donald Trump Jr. and the president's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, as potentially treasonous. So out of control was Miller that Tapper had to urge him to "settle down".

In his statement to Axios, Bannon said his "support is also unwavering for the president and his agenda", and that he remains "ready to stand in the breech for this president's efforts to make America great again". He went on to attack CNN's Trump coverage, until Tapper finally concluded the interview.

Trump tweeted about the interview later Sunday morning.

It may have been a a satisfying climax to anyone in tune with reality, but the one viewer that mattered immediately gave Miller a glowing review for his performance.

Bannon claimed in his statement that the comments in the book were aimed not at Trump or his family but at Paul Manafort - Trump's former campaign chairman, who was sacked and is facing charges as part of special counsel Robert S. Muller's Russia investigation - who, Bannon said, should have known how the Russians - whom he called "duplicitous, cunning and not our friends" - operate. He maintained that Bannon had little to do with Trump's political success, offering twice an authoritarian-tinged anecdote about the president's ability to dictate a speech on the fly.

In the book, Bannon predicted that the special counsel investigating possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation would "crack" the younger Trump "like an egg on national TV".

Watch the clip above, via CNN.

"Because it's my show, and I don't want to do that", Mr. Tapper said.

Meanwhile, Trump's top policy adviser, on Sunday (Monday NZ Time) eviscerated Bannon over comments attributed to him in a new book, calling him an "angry, vindictive person" whose "grotesque comments are so out of touch with reality".

Growing frustrated as Miller began evading questions and repeating his talking points, and glowing praise of Trump, Tapper cut him off early and went to a commercial. Tapper responded that that "wasn't true", and he had a lot of questions about immigration, and accused Miller of "filibustering".

Trump on Saturday took to Twitter to defend his mental abilities, saying he is "like, really smart" and a "very stable genius".

In the end, Tapper cut the interview short, telling Miller, "I've wasted enough of my viewers' time" before turning to pitch the next segment - all while Miller impotently continued to rant at Tapper from off camera. "You're being a factotum in order to please him", Tapper said.

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