Wolff: Bannon's pushback on 'treasonous' quote is wrong, comments were aimed at Trump Jr.

Michael Wolff on Monday said former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon's statement that his comments reported in Wolff's book were directed at Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortDOJ backs ex-Trump campaign aide Richard Gates's probation request Former FBI general counsel wants apology from Trump The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by AdvaMed - Democrats to release articles of impeachment today MORE and not Donald Trump Jr.Donald (Don) John TrumpMelania Trump's 'Be Best' hashtag trends after president goes after Greta Thunberg Trump Jr. blasts Time for choosing 'marketing gimmick' Greta Thunberg as Person of the Year White House calls Democratic witness's mentioning of president's youngest son 'classless' MORE is incorrect.

"I like Steve, I'm grateful for the time he gave me, the insights he gave me and I don't want to put him in more hot water than he is already in, but ... " Wolff said during an interview on MSNBC's "Morning Joe."

"It was not directed at Manafort, it was directed directly at Don Jr."

The controversial new book on the Trump White House, "Fire and Fury," claimed Bannon called the 2016 meeting between Trump Jr. and a group of Russians at Trump Tower "treasonous."

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"They’re going to crack Don Junior like an egg on national TV," Bannon is quoted as saying in the book, referring to the investigation into Russia's election interference.

After excerpts of the book were released last week, President TrumpDonald John TrumpDemocrats ask if they have reason to worry about UK result Trump scramble to rack up accomplishments gives conservatives heartburn Seven years after Sandy Hook, the politics of guns has changed MORE lashed out at Bannon accusing him of 'losing his mind.'

Bannon on Sunday sought to explain his reported comments, saying they were not aimed at Trump Jr., but rather at Manafort, the former Trump campaign chairman. He called Manafort a "seasoned campaign professional with experience and knowledge of how the Russians operate."

"He should have known they are duplicitous, cunning and not our friends. To reiterate, those comments were not aimed at Don Jr.," Bannon said in the statement.

Bannon in the statement also praised Trump Jr. as a "patriot" and a "good man."