Responding to President Donald Trump’s ongoing feud with his former adviser and campaign manager Steve Bannon, a White House spokesperson blasted the latter’s comments about the president’s children.
As Business Insider reported Monday, White House deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley told reporters that Bannon’s comments in Michael Wolff’s shocking Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House were “grotesque” and “repugnant” considering that the president’s children, who the former adviser attacked, are “sacrificing in their service.”
“When you go after somebody’s family in the matter which he did, two of the president’s children are serving this nation, sacrificing in their service, it is repugnant, it is grotesque and I challenge anybody to go and talk about somebody’s family and see if that person doesn’t come back and comes back hard,” Gidley told reporters in Nashville, Tennessee while Trump was there giving a speech.
According to BI’s Kaitlan Collins, Gidley clarified that the president’s daughter Ivanka Trump and son-in-law Jared Kushner had sacrificed their personal lives.
WH spokesman Hogan Gidley tells reporters on Air Force One it is "repugnant" & "grotesque" that Steve Bannon went after two of the president’s children who are "serving this nation, sacrificing in their service." Asked what Jared and Ivanka sacrificed, he says personal lives.
— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) January 8, 2018
Bannon called the First Daughter “dumb as a brick” in Wolff’s book, and accused Kushner of “greasy” money laundering that could be used to bring him and the president down by special counsel Robert Mueller.
The deputy press secretary also said he and the president don’t foresee “any way back for Mr. Bannon at this point,” a reference to the Breitbart News executive’s apology issued over the weekend.