President Donald Trump on Thursday said he felt “betrayed” by former White House strategist Steve Bannon and downplayed the controversial figure’s importance to his administration, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Trump blasted Bannon in early January after the former strategist came under fire after he was quoted in Michael Wolff’s book "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House“ criticizing Trump’s family. Specifically, Bannon said the meeting between Trump’s family members and campaign staff and a Russian lawyer over political dirt on then-rival Hillary Clinton was “treasonous.”
The president unloaded on Bannon on Thursday in the WSJ interview, telling the publication that Bannon became ineffectual “because he was such a lightning rod.”
“I feel betrayed because you’re not supposed to do that, but I have many people that work for me who were far more important than Steve,” the president said.
Trump had fired Bannon in August.