The political world is still buzzing from former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon's explosive interview on “60 Minutes” over the weekend — and on Monday, the White House wanted none of it.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the Breitbart chief often speaks in the “most extreme measures,” and when asked about his claim that Trump's firing of former FBI Director James Comey was the biggest mistake in “modern political history,” Sanders defended the president's decision.
“Certainly I think that it has been shown in the days that followed that the president was right in firing Director Comey,” she said.
She continued by saying “he went outside of the chain of the command and politicized an investigation into a presidential candidate ... The president is pleased with the new director and has full confidence in him to fully restore and lead the FBI.”
Sanders was also asked about Bannon's statement that a potential debate over DACA could lead to a “civil war in the Republican Party.”
“Steve likes to speak in kind of the most extreme measures. I'm not sure I agree with that,” she said in response.
At one point Sanders told reporters, who continued to prod about Bannon related issues, “I think we may be answering more questions on Steve Bannon now that he's not here than when he was.”
In response to the interview in general, Sanders said she was sure “it made for great TV” but besides that didn't offer any personal comment. However, she did reveal that while Trump has not remained in close contact with Bannon since his exit, the pair had a conversation recently.
Seemingly exhausted by the Bannon-heavy press briefing, Sanders closed the briefing saying, “The press team will be here and we're happy to answer any questions, particularly if you have anything beyond Steve Bannon.”