U.S. President Donald Trump's former strategist Steve Bannon on Sunday backed away from derogatory comments ascribed to him about Trump's son in a new book that sparked White House outrage and could threaten Bannon's influence as a would-be conservative power broker.
He said: 'I went to the best college, I was a very excellent student, I made billions and billions of dollars and became one of the top business people.
"And then I hear this guy that does not know me - doesn't know me at all", he continued.
Everything I have to say about the ridiculous nature of the Russian "collusion" investigation I said on my 60 Minutes interview.
"I guess sloppy Steve brought him into the White House quite a bit, and it was one of those things". "That's why Sloppy Steve is now looking for a job". I have no particular politics when it comes to Donald Trump.
It's his latest pushback against the book that portrays him as a leader who doesn't understand the weight of the presidency.
"Let me be very clear, this is a book of fiction".
Around the world, Fire and Fury - Inside The Trump White House, is dominating the headlines.
"The salacious new book was written by a reporter for the left-wing Guardian, whom Bannon saw fit to entrust with extraordinary access to the Trump White House".
In a statement published by Axios website, he calls Donald Jr "a patriot and a good man" and says his support for the president is "unwavering".
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.
In the book, Bannon was quoted as calling Trump Jr.'s meeting with a Russian lawyer and several others in June 2016 "treasonous" and "unpatriotic". Now Sloppy Steve has been dumped like a dog by nearly everyone. "And what I was heartened by because I talk about fake news and the fake news media - was really that so numerous people that I talk about in terms of fake news actually came to the defense of this great administration and even myself because they know the author and they know he's a fraud".
In the BBC interview broadcast Sunday, May reaffirmed that Trump would visit Britain.
Wolff's book depicts a deeply unprepared, incurious president surrounded by toadying advisers nonetheless concerned about his ability to do the job.
"Suddenly everywhere people are going 'oh my God, it's true, he has no clothes.' That's the background to the perception and the understanding that will finally end...this presidency".
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told CNN in an exclusive interview on Friday he's never questioned Trump's mental fitness, despite reports he once called Trump a "moron".
When Mr Trump addressed reporters later, the Ivy League graduate was ready for the question.