The tell-all book, Michael Wolff's "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House", has prompted a swift backlash from Trump and his White House. The congressman added regarding Bannon's statement "and especially with so much of the book's veracity in question, it is helpful to have the added background". Bannon continues to criticize Kushner and Ivanka Trump in private and calls Trump a "vessel", an ally said, while casting himself as something of a revolutionary in the conservative movement. But before he could do so, the White House released a personal statement from Trump, who claimed that his former adviser had "lost his mind".
Manafort should have know the Russians "are duplicitous, cunning and not our friend", Bannon said.
"To reiterate, those comments were not aimed at Don Jr.", Bannon said.
While the president's surrogates were busy on the airwaves providing him cover, the man at the center of the frenzy Washington finds itself in, former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, issued an apology for his part in the controversy.
Trump, 71, denounced the book in a press conference on Saturday as "fiction", after affirming on Twitter earlier in the day that he's "a very stable genius" with an impressive resume.
"Leaving Camp David for the White House. Now I have to put up with a Fake Book, written by a totally discredited author", Trump said. Ronald Reagan had the same problem and handled it well. 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. He also termed Bannon's comments in the book "vindictive" and "out of touch with reality".
Miller went on to state that he talked about his experiences with Trump because he's seen the incredible work that the president has done, leading Tapper to note that he wasn't answering any questions.
"I'm sure he's watching and he's happy that you said that", Tapper responded. "Not only is it not accurate, there are so many misrepresentations in this book that it shouldn't be taken seriously", Lewandowski said.
In an exceedingly tense interview Sunday morning, a top White House aide continued to deride a new book about the Trump administration while simultaneously downplaying Steve Bannon's role in it and defending President Trump's tweets about his intelligence.
The same rhetoric was used by Senator Tom Cotton, a Republican from Arkansas, on ABC's This Week.
Asked whether the president was aware of the meeting at the time, Miller said Bannon was not present and therefore "is not even a remotely credible source on any of it". CNN and other networks have committed a handful of reporting errors in recent months and weeks, but these pale in comparison to the continuous stream of lies that pour from the White House.