President Donald Trump said Thursday that Steve Bannon, his former chief strategist, “changed his tune pretty quick” following the publication of book excerpts in which Bannon is quoted making dismissive remarks about the president and criticizing his campaign team.
Trump initially responded to the book excerpts with a scathing statement on Wednesday slamming Bannon as a self-promoter and declaring that the former senior White House official “not only lost his job, he lost his mind” when he was ousted from the administration. Bannon has since offered warm words about his former boss, something the president noted during a brief interaction with reporters at the White House on Thursday.
“I don’t know. He called me a great man last night. So, you know, he obviously changed his tune pretty quick,” Trump said in response to a shouted question about Bannon. In a Breitbart radio appearance on Wednesday evening, Bannon told a caller that “the president of the United States is a great man. You know I support him day in and day out.”
In another Breitbart radio hit Thursday morning, Bannon said that “nothing will ever come between us and President Trump and his agenda.”
At Wednesday’s White House press briefing, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Trump had not spoken to Bannon since early last month. Asked on Thursday whether he still spoke with Bannon, Trump told reporters that “I don’t talk to him. That’s just a misnomer.”