White House: Ivanka, Kushner 'sacrificing' for the nation

White House: Ivanka, Kushner 'sacrificing' for the nation
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The White House on Monday remained firm in its rejection of Stephen Bannon's apology for attacking President TrumpDonald John TrumpDems flip Wisconsin state Senate seat Sessions: 'We should be like Canada' in how we take in immigrants GOP rep: 'Sheet metal and garbage' everywhere in Haiti MORE's children in a new book, saying that first daughter Ivanka TrumpIvana (Ivanka) Marie TrumpTrump’s first year in office was the year of the woman US officials warned Kushner about friendship with Wendi Deng Murdoch: report Top House Intel Dem wants to call Ivanka as witness in Russia probe MORE and her husband, Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerHope Hicks to meet with House Intel in Russia probe: report US officials warned Kushner about friendship with Wendi Deng Murdoch: report Overnight Regulation: Fight erupts over gun export rules | WH meets advocates on prison reform | Officials move to allow Medicaid work requirements | New IRS guidance on taxes MORE, are "sacrificing" to serve the American people.

"When you go after somebody's family in the manner in which he did — two of the president's children who are serving this nation, sacrificing in their service — it is repugnant, it is grotesque," Trump spokesman Hogan Gidley told reporters aboard Air Force One. 

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"They both gave up personal and private lives to come work at the White House and work for the American people. They do that every day. And it's ridiculous for anyone to try and attack what they do for this nation," he added.

Gidley's remarks come after the former chief strategist was quoted in Michael Wolff's new book, “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” as saying Ivanka Trump is "dumb as a brick" and that Kushner conducted some "greasy" business with Deutsche Bank.

Neither Kushner nor Ivanka Trump takes a salary for their work as White House advisers.

Bannon is also quoted in the book as saying Donald Trump Jr.Donald (Don) John TrumpIntel Dem decries White House 'gag order' after Bannon testimony House Intel Dem: Bannon asserted ‘very novel’ definition of executive privilege during testimony 'Total free-for-all' as Bannon clashes with Intel members MORE's controversial June 2016 meeting with a Russian lawyer at Trump Tower was “treasonous” and “unpatriotic” — an attack he later walked back.

Bannon's shots at the president's family ignited the fury of Trump, who sought to distance himself from the former White House aide and painted him as a deranged and bitter former staffer.

Trump took to Twitter to slam the book, while calling Bannon "Sloppy Steve."

Days after the Breitbart News chief executive faced a heavy fallout from allies and donors alike for his comments, Bannon came forward with a statement of "regret."

"Donald Trump, Jr. is both a patriot and a good man. He has been relentless in his advocacy for his father and the agenda that has helped turn our country around," Bannon said in a statement to Axios, emphasizing that he meant the comments to be about former campaign chairman Paul ManafortPaul John Manafort'Total free-for-all' as Bannon clashes with Intel members Overnight Cybersecurity: Bipartisan bill aims to deter election interference | Russian hackers target Senate | House Intel panel subpoenas Bannon | DHS giving 'active defense' cyber tools to private sector Manafort associate Richard Gates no longer under home confinement MORE.

"I regret that my delay in responding to the inaccurate reporting regarding Don Jr. has diverted attention from the president's historical accomplishments in the first year of his presidency," he added, without walking back his remarks about Ivanka Trump and Kushner. 

Gidley suggested Bannon crossed a red line going after the president's family.

"I challenge anybody to go and talk about someone else's family and see if that person doesn't come back, and come back hard," Gidley added.