"I'd like to associate myself with what the president had to say about Steve Bannon yesterday," McConnell told reporters, after being asked about comments from Bannon reported in a forthcoming book that a 2016 meeting between Trump campaign associates and a Russian lawyer was "treasonous" and "unpatriotic." 
 
Trump broke with Bannon, now the head of Breitbart News, during an explosive statement on Wednesday saying he had "lost his mind” and accused him of being “only in it for himself.”
 
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Bannon has repeatedly lashed out at McConnell, saying he should resign and predicting that he would lose his spot in Senate leadership — despite wide support from the Republican conference. 
 
He's also given Senate GOP leadership headaches by threatening to primary every sitting GOP senator, except Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzGOP senators introduce Trump's plan to claw back billion in spending Pro-Trump super PAC raises .5 million in 6 weeks Trump has exposed Democratic hypocrisy on prison reform MORE (R-Texas), which would set up a slate of intraparty fights heading into the midterm elections. 
 
McConnell's public comments came after he reportedly told Trump that his statement on Bannon was "perfect." 
 
McConnell and his allies also appeared to celebrate Trump's statement on Wednesday. 
 
The Senate Leadership Fund, which has ties to the Kentucky Republican, blasted out Trump's statement. And McConnell's official campaign Twitter account tweeted out a GIF of McConnell smiling after Trump's statement.