Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon apologized Sunday for his critical comments of President Donald Trump's family in a new book that caused the president to publicly distance himself from his former campaign chairman.
"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 said in a statement to Axios.
"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."
Bannon also stated: "My support is also unwavering for the president and his agenda."
Bannon reportedly told Michael Wolff in "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House" that Donald Trump Jr, and Jared Kushner's attendance at a Trump Tower meeting with a Russian lawyer over possible dirt on Hillary Clinton was "treasonous" and "unpatriotic." Bannon added that his comments were directed at Paul Manafort, not Donald Trump. Jr.