Steve Bannon’s Apology Is Too Little Too Late

By on January 8, 2018
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On Sunday former White House strategist Steve Bannon issued an apology for any anti-Trump Jr. comments he made that ended up in Michael Wolff’s Tell-All “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House.”

“Donald Trump, Jr. is both a patriot and a good man,” Bannon said. “He has been relentless in his advocacy for his father and the agenda that has helped turn our country around.”

Bannon acknowledged that his loose lips regarding Donald Trump Jr. and Russia’s involvement with the Trump campaign had done serious damage to the administration. “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,” he said.

Bannon’s contrition may be too little too late. As Politico reports, White House insiders say Trump is still fuming over Bannon’s critical quotes.

Speaking to the issue, Matthew Schlapp, the chairman of the American Conservative Union, said:

The problem for Steve is that we were already into January 2018, and he doesn’t really have a system, he doesn’t have a fund, he doesn’t have a political team. Now it’s going to take extra time to make things up, if he’s able to, and repair the trust he had with the president. The clock is no longer on his side.

Karl Rove, the former chief strategist for President George W. Bush, remarked that Bannon had essentially only hurt himself with his words of late regret. “This is a bigger win for the president, for whom Bannon is now less able to create problems and now unlikely to give the president continued bad advice in late night phone calls,” he said. “Bannon shredded his biggest claim, that he was the president’s leader on the outside, the keeper of the flame who had discarded the ‘influence’ of being a mere staffer for the ‘power’ of being the leader of the nationalist populist movement.”

In Wolff’s books Bannon is quoted as calling Donald Trump Jr.’s June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower with a Russian lawyer “treasonous.”