President Trump put some distance between himself and former advisor and chief strategist Steve Bannon, after it was announced this morning that he had been arrested and charged with fraud for a scam involving the border wall.
Trump broke his silence and stated that Bannon was “showboating” with the fundraiser, which was aimed at supposedly getting money together to privately build a wall along the southern border of the United States.
Here’s more on this from The Washington Examiner:
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“I don’t like that project,” said Trump. “I thought it was being done for showboating reasons.”
Bannon was one of the key figures in Trump’s rise to the White House, but the two have not spoken in months.
Speaking to reporters in the Oval Office, the president described Bannon’s actions as “sad.”
“It was something I very much thought was inappropriate to be doing,” Trump said.
The fundraising project was designed to procure funds of over $25 million for the wall and was headed up figures who played up their connections to the president during the pitch made to their donors.
Criminal charges were unsealed on Thursday, alleging that hardly any of the wall was actually built and that the former Trump advisor and the project’s co-founder Brian Kolfage, in partnership with two others, pocketed hundreds of thousands of dollars for their own personal use.
Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany stated that Trump didn’t know anything about the project. “As everyone knows, President Trump has no involvement in this project and felt it was only being done in order to showboat, and perhaps raise funds,” McEnany said.