Steve Bannon apologizes for controversial comments about Donald Trump Jr.
Is Bannon the original honey badger trying to save his job?
Amid the recent mud-slinging between the Trump administration, Donald Trump Jr. on one side and Steve Bannon along with Michael Wolff on the other, it looks like Bannon intends to foster peace back in the folds of the conservative team.
In Wolff's deemed-to-be-explosive book, Bannon is quoted as saying that a 2016 meeting in Trump Tower involving Donald Trump Jr. and a small group of Russians was "treasonous" and "unpatriotic."
On Sunday, former White House Chief Strategist Stephen Bannon released the following statement:
“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.”
But the question is, is this about Bannon being genuinely regretful about his comments or is it simply a lost soul trying to save his job?
When it comes to reason, if Bannon really meant to apologize for his comments, he would have disputed his quotes beforehand. Also, the unwavering attack on him by President Trump makes this move look like damage control.
President Donald Trump tweeted on the release of Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House:
I’ve had to put up with the Fake News from the first day I announced that I would be running for President. Now I have to put up with a Fake Book, written by a totally discredited author. Ronald Reagan had the same problem and handled it well. So will I!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) 7 January 2018
Many political commentators believe President Trump has handled the backlash from the book release well but it's time to put it behind, seal the deal, and continue working towards rebuilding America.
On January 6, responding to Wolff's outright disrespect for the White House, Donald Trump Jr. tweeted:
The more I hear about this book the more I realize it’s nothing more than a pathetic smear campaign. Literally nothing I have read regarding the campaign that I was a part of even remotely resembles what I actually witnessed. It will sell only because haters want to believe it.— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) 7 January 2018
On Friday, the Republican national committee released a parody cover of Michael Wolff's book aggregating reviews from several prominent journalists:
If we were to take in consideration former President George W. Bush who was heckled by the media in a similar fashion, despite being an honorable man he failed to fight back his critics.
One can say that it is great to have a President who can fight the power but it is also time for Trump to move on.
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