Sessions: ‘I’m an admirer of Steve Bannon’

Greg Nash

Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Wednesday he admires White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon amid reported tension among senior White House aides.

“I’m an admirer of Steve Bannon and the Trump family,” Sessions said during an interview with conservative radio host Laura Ingraham.

“They’ve been supportive of what we’re doing. I’ve not felt any pushback on anything I’ve done or advocated,” he added.


Sessions’ remarks come one day after President Trump declined to voice full confidence in Bannon during an interview.

“I like Steve, but you have to remember he was not involved in my campaign until very late,” Trump told the New York Post, referencing Bannon’s stint as chief executive of his 2016 presidential campaign.

Trump also confirmed reports that he demanded top administration aides resolve their differences last week.

“Steve is a good guy, but I told them to straighten it out or I will,” he told the Post.

Multiple reports in recent days have portrayed a White House plagued by infighting between Bannon and senior adviser Jared Kushner, who is Trump’s son-in-law and a top adviser.

Trump removed Bannon from the National Security Council last week amid speculation about the aide’s influence in the White House. Many had criticized Bannon’s inclusion on the council’s principals committee, arguing it politicized the group.

Sessions said Wednesday the entire White House is united on Trump’s goals for curbing illegal immigration.

“[Trump’s] still insisting we’re going to build this wall and he’s not backing down from it,” he said.

“And I believe everybody, virtually both parties, believes we should end the illegality at the border and get it fixed,” Sessions added.

“We’re carrying out his agenda and I think that’s shared throughout the White House. I don’t think anybody will object to that.”

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