WASHINGTON-Former Trump senior strategist Stephen Bannon apologized Sunday for his role in a new book critical of the Trump administration as senior White House officials sharpened the administration's attack on it.
"My support is also unwavering for the president and his agenda", Bannon said in Sunday's statement.
Bannon concluded the statement, which was first published by Axios, by expressing regret for diverting attention away from the nuances of the President's accomplishment.
"I'm always amazed at the lengths people will go to, to lie for money and for power".
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.
"It reads like an angry vindictive person spouting off to a highly discreditable author", Miller said, adding, "The book is best understood as a work of very poorly written fiction and I will also say that the author is a garbage author of a garbage book".
"Jake Tapper of Fake News CNN just got destroyed in his interview with Stephen Miller of the Trump Administration. Watch the hatred and unfairness of this CNN flunky!"
US President Donald Trump on Saturday praised himself as "not smart, but genius... and a very stable genius at that", following the release of a bombshell new book that called into doubt his mental health. He pressed the case again on Sunday as he prepared to depart Camp David for the White House. "So the evidentiary piece of the book is to me less important".
"I've had to put up with the Fake News from the first day I announced that I would be running for President".
In "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White" journalist Michael Wolff's report of the internal workings of the West Wing, Bannon is quoted as saying that Trump Jr.'s meeting with a Russian attorney in the summer of 2016 - where he was joined by top campaign staffers Jared Kushner and Paul Manafort - was "treasonous".
The book also quotes Bannon and other prominent advisers as questioning the president's competence.
Chatter about Trump's mental fitness for office has intensified in recent months on cable news shows and among Democrats in Congress.
The interview turned into a contentious shouting match as Miller sought to highlight Trump's "political genius", and host Jake Tapper tried to move into questions addressing Trump's fitness as commander in chief, a topic central to the book.
"If he was unfit, he probably wouldn't be sitting there and wouldn't have defeated the most qualified group of candidates the Republican Party has ever seen", she said, calling him "an incredibly strong and good leader". "Whether he realized it was an interview or not, I don't know, but it certainly was not off the record", said Wolff. It didn't exist, OK?
"I can tell you this, the media made similar claims about [former presidents] Ronald Reagan and George Bush".
"The story that I have told seems to present this presidency in such a way that it says he can't do his job", Wolff said in the interview.
Reagan died in 2004, at age 93, from pneumonia complicated by the Alzheimer's disease that had progressively clouded his mind.