Author Michael Wolff brushed off Sunday claims from Breitbart chairman Steve Bannon’s claim that comments attributed to him calling a July 9 meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and a Russian lawyer “treasonous” are not accurate, in a Monday morning MSNBC interview.
“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,” Bannon told Axios in a statement, adding “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.”
The author reportedly has recorded interviews with several of the Trump administration officials quoted within his book, including those of Bannon.
Wolff says he doesn’t want to put Bannon in any more hot water, but, responding to his statement, says, “It was not directed at Manafort, it was directed directly at Don Jr.”
— Betsy Klein (@betsy_klein) January 8, 2018
Bannon’s comments have sparked a media sensation and public presidential rebukes. Trump released a statement the day his comments came to light declaring that when he left the White House Bannon “not only lost his job, he lost his mind.” The president then coined a signature nickname for Bannon dubbing him for all time “sloppy Steve.”
Michael Wolff is a total loser who made up stories in order to sell this really boring and untruthful book. He used Sloppy Steve Bannon, who cried when he got fired and begged for his job. Now Sloppy Steve has been dumped like a dog by almost everyone. Too bad! https://t.co/mEeUhk5ZV9
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 6, 2018