WH: Bannon speaks in 'the most extreme measures'

President Trump’s top spokesperson on Monday downplayed former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon’s warning that the Republican Party is destined for a “civil war” over an Obama-era program that shielded young undocumented immigrants from deportation. 

“I think that Steve always likes to speak in kind of the most extreme measures,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said. “I’m not sure that I agree with that.”

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Sanders was responding to Bannon’s wide-ranging interview on CBS News’s “60 Minutes,” in which he offered blunt criticism of some of his former White House colleagues, GOP leaders, the Catholic Church and Trump’s decision to fire FBI Director James Comey. 

The press secretary said she was not sure if Trump saw the entire video but said he has seen parts of it.  

She stood by the president’s decision to fire Comey.

“The president was right in firing Director Comey,” she said. “Since the director’s firing, we have learned new information about his conduct that only provided further justification for that firing.”  

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"Right now, the president is committed to working with the leadership we have," Sanders said.