Bannon 'Regrets' Explosive Comments As Surrogates Denounce Wolff Book On Sunday Shows

Trump added in response to a reporter's question that he doesn't know Wolff but he felt "heartened" because some in the media questioned the veracity of his insider-account of the early days in the Trump administration.

In the book, Bannon voiced astonishment over the meeting that Trump Jr, the president's son-in-law Jared Kushner, and Manafort attended at Trump Tower in NY with a Russian lawyer, who was said to be offering damaging information about former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the Democratic presidential candidate.

Bannon also said he regretted calling the president's son, Donald Trump Jr., "unpatriotic" for meeting a Russian lawyer in June 2016 who had ties to the Kremlin, the Post reported.

Wolff reiterated his belief that it is becoming a widespread view that Trump is unfit for presidency, telling BBC Radio in an interview overnight that it's a "very clear emperor-has-no-clothes effect".

Trump tweeted on Sunday that the instant bestseller-which paints him as disengaged and unstable, with signs of serious memory loss-was a "Fake Book, written by a totally discredited author".

"I went from VERY successful businessman, to top T.V. Star to President of the United States (on my first try)".

President Donald Trump has bemoaned his country's "very weak" liberal laws, saying he is "like, really smart" and, indeed, a "very stable genius". "I had a situation where I was a very excellent student".

So he is easy pickings for someone like Michael Wolff, author of "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House", which paints a terrible picture of Trump as an undisciplined, tempestuous, incompetent president.

White House Senior Policy Adviser Stephen Miller was a guest on CNN's "State of the Union" where he railed against Wolff's book and Bannon, saying that Bannon's comments were "tragic".

Everything I have to say about the ridiculous nature of the Russian "collusion" investigation I said on my 60 Minutes interview.

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At Camp David later on Saturday, reporters asked Mr. Trump why he felt the need to take to Twitter to defend his intelligence.

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.

Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon said Sunday he regretted not responding sooner to comments attributed to him that were critical of Donald Trump Jr.in an explosive new book on the White House.

Bannon said Sunday he is behind Trump 100 percent.

"I think it's a disgrace", he said.

"The one description that everyone gave, everyone has in common - they all say 'he is like a child.' And what they mean by that he has a need for immediate gratification".

Questions surrounding Trump's mental fitness are not new. Wolff acknowledged that he never spoke with Trump inside the Oval Office.

White House officials and Trump's high-profile supporters have launched an effort to raise doubts about Wolff's credibility.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders this past week called such suggestions "disgraceful and laughable".

  • Myrtle Hill