President Donald Trump and the White House are distancing themselves from Steve Bannon‘s fraudulent “We Build The Wall” campaign.
During a visit with Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi, President Trump spoke to reporters about Bannon’s arrest. He made his stance clear : “I feel very badly. I haven’t been dealing with him for a very long period of time.” He continued, explaining he “didn’t like that project” and thought “it was a project being done for showboating reasons.”
Though he said he didn’t “know anything about the project at all,” he added that he disagreed with the project entirely. “I didn’t want a wall that was going to be an inferior wall,” he told the press. He referred to the Bannon’s “We Build The Wall” campaign as “inappropriate.”
White House Press Secretary, Kaleigh McEnany echoed the President’s comments. She said, “President Trump has not been involved with Steve Bannon since the campaign and the early part of the Administration, and he does not know the people involved with this project.” McEnany emphasized President Trump’s previous statements against private funding of the border wall, adding that he has always “felt the Wall must be a government project and that it is far too big and complex to be handled privately.”
Donald Trump Jr.’s Response
Donald Trump Jr. spoke at an event hosted by “We Build The Wall” last year. He gave a fifteen minute speech praising the attendees and their devotion to private enterprise.
Trump Jr. now is distancing himself from the group and Steve Bannon. Amanda Miller, a spokesperson for Trump Jr. gave a statement to Business Insider. She said that he gave a single speech “over a year ago with a group of angel moms and besides that, has no involvement with their organization.”
Miller continued, “His previous praise of the group was based on what he was led to believe about their supposed intention to help build the wall on our southern border and if he and others were deceived, the group deserves to be held accountable for their actions.”