President Trump says he is not abandoning Steve Bannon over the “bad rap” the White House chief strategist has gotten.
“[Bannon’s] a very decent guy,” he told Bloomberg News Monday.
“Bannon’s more of a libertarian than anything else, if you want to know the truth,” Trump added, calling Bannon “alt-left.”
Trump’s remarks are an apparent play on the “alt-right” movement, which Bannon and his former employer Breitbart News are frequently associated with.
The president added that Bannon and Jared Kushner, his senior adviser and son-in-law, have mended ties.