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Steve Bannon APOLOGIZES to the president and his son

By Nikki Schwab, U.s. Political Reporter For Dailymail.com

Published: 11:46 EST, 7 January 2018 | U..

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By Nikki Schwab, U.s. Political Reporter For Dailymail.com

Published: 11:46 EST, 7 January 2018 | Updated: 12:34 EST, 7 January 2018

Former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon apologized to President Trump and his son, Donald Trump Jr, on Sunday, feeding quotes to the website Axios.

'I regret that my delay in responding to the inaccurate reporting regarding Don Jr has diverted attention from the president's historical accomplishments in the first year of his presidency,' the Breitbart head said.

He also explained that when he labeled Donald Trump Jr's Trump Tower meeting with a Russian lawyer as 'treasonous,' he meant for that description to be attached to Paul Manafort, who he said would know better.

President Trump (pictured) received an apology Sunday from his former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon over comments Bannon made to author Michael Wolff in the new book 'Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House'President Trump received an apology Sunday from his former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon (pictured) over comments Bannon made to author Michael Wolff in the new book 'Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House'President Trump received an apology Sunday from his former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon (pictured) over comments Bannon made to author Michael Wolff in the new book 'Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House'

President Trump (left) received an apology Sunday from his former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon (right) over comments Bannon made to author Michael Wolff in the new book 'Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House'

Steve Bannon said his comments about the 'treasonous' Trump Tower meeting weren't meant for Donald Trump Jr, but rather former Campaign Manager Paul Manafort (pictured), who would know what the 'duplicitous' and 'cunning' Russians were up to Steve Bannon said his comments about the 'treasonous' Trump Tower meeting weren't meant for Donald Trump Jr, but rather former Campaign Manager Paul Manafort (pictured), who would know what the 'duplicitous' and 'cunning' Russians were up to 

Steve Bannon said his comments about the 'treasonous' Trump Tower meeting weren't meant for Donald Trump Jr, but rather former Campaign Manager Paul Manafort (pictured), who would know what the 'duplicitous' and 'cunning' Russians were up to

Former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon (right) is trying to make things right with his former boss, President Donald Trump (left) Former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon (right) is trying to make things right with his former boss, President Donald Trump (left) 

Former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon (right) is trying to make things right with his former boss, President Donald Trump (left)

President Trump is seen returning to the White House after spending the weekend at Camp David. He received an apology from his former Chief Strategist Steve Bannon today President Trump is seen returning to the White House after spending the weekend at Camp David. He received an apology from his former Chief Strategist Steve Bannon today 

President Trump is seen returning to the White House after spending the weekend at Camp David. He received an apology from his former Chief Strategist Steve Bannon today

'My comments were aimed at Paul Manafort, a seasoned campaign professional with experience and knowledge of how the Russians operate,' Bannon explained. 'He should have known they are duplicitous, cunning and not our friends.'

'To reiterate, those comments were not aimed at Don Jr,' Bannon told Axios.

Bannon has found himself isolated from Trumpworld in recent days, as author Michael Wolff's new book, 'Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House' has hit bookshelves.

Bannon was an on-the-record source for Wolff in the book.

In it, Bannon described the 2016 meeting between campaign aides and a group of Russians as 'treasonous' and 'unpatriotic.'

Bannon also predicted that the Russia probe, led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, would focus on money laundering.

'They’re going to crack Don Junior like an egg on national TV,' Bannon said.

On Sunday, Bannon described both the young and old Trump in an incredibly flattering light.

'Donald Trump, Jr is both a patriot and a good man,' Bannon said. 'He has been relentless in his advocacy for his father and the agenda that has helped turn our country around.'

The president, Bannon added, 'was the only candidate that could have taken on and defeated the Clinton apparatus.'

Bannon also played up his loyalty to the president.

'My support is also unwavering for the president and his agenda – as I have shown daily in my national radio broadcasts, on the pages of Breitbart News and in speeches and appearances from Tokyo and Hong Kong to Arizona and Alabama,' Bannon said at one point.

'I am the only person to date to conduct a global effort to preach the message of Trump and Trumpism; and remain ready to stand in the breech for this president's efforts to make America great again,' Bannon said at another.

The president has lashed out at Bannon publicly and in an unprecedented way.

On Wednesday Trump had his Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders release an anti-Bannon statement to the White House press pool.

'Steve Bannon has nothing to do with me or my presidency,' Trump said. 'When he was fired, he not only lost his job, he lost his mind.'

Later, Trump concocted a nickname for Bannon – Sloppy Steve – which he began using in tweets.

Axios also reported that the president wanted his surrogates to go on TV to 'bury Steve.'

That was apparent on Sunday morning when Trump's Senior Advisor on Policy Stephen Miller went on CNN's State of the Union and called Bannon's description of the Trump Tower meeting 'grotesque.'

In a contentious back-and-forth with Jake Tapper, Miller, a political ally of Bannon's at the White House, also said Bannon was 'so out of touch with reality and obviously so vindictive.'

Trump heralded his 32-year-old aide with a tweet of appreciation, though not for his Bannon takedown, but for going rough-and-tumble with Tapper.

'Jake Tapper of Fake News CNN just got destroyed in his interview with Stephen Miller of the Trump Administration,' Trump wrote. 'Watch the hatred and unfairness of this CNN flunky!'

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Sydney seaplane crash: Exhaust fumes affected pilot, report confirms

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The pilot of a seaplane that crashed into an Australian river, killing all on board, had been left confused and disorientated by leaking exhaust fumes, investigators have confirmed.

The Canadian pilot and five members of a British family died in the crash north of Sydney in December 2017.

All were found to have higher than normal levels of carbon monoxide in their blood, a final report has found.

It recommended the mandatory fitting of gas detectors in all such planes.

British businessman Richard Cousins, 58, died alongside his 48-year-old fiancée, magazine editor Emma Bowden, her 11-year-old daughter Heather and his sons, Edward, 23, and William, 25, and pilot Gareth Morgan, 44. Mr Cousins was the chief executive of catering giant Compass.

The family had been on a sightseeing flight in the de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver plane when it nose-dived into the Hawkesbury River at Jerusalem Bay, about 50km (30 miles) from the city centre.

The final report by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) confirmed the findings of an interim report published in 2020.

It said pre-existing cracks in the exhaust collector ring were believed to have released exhaust gas into the engine bay. Holes left by missing bolts in a firewall then allowed the fumes to enter the cabin.

“As a result, the pilot would have almost certainly experienced effects such as confusion, visual disturbance and disorientation,” the report said.

“Consequently, it was likely that this significantly degraded the pilot’s ability to safely operate the aircraft.”

The ATSB recommended the Civil Aviation Safety Authority consider mandating the fitting of carbon monoxide detectors in piston-engine aircraft that carry passengers.

It previously issued safety advisory notices to owners and operators of such aircraft that they install detectors “with an active warning” to pilots”. Operators and maintainers of planes were also advised to carry out detailed inspections of exhaust systems and firewalls.

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Australia unlikely to fully reopen border in 2021, says top official

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Australia is unlikely to fully open its borders in 2021 even if most of its population gets vaccinated this year as planned, says a senior health official.

The comments dampen hopes raised by airlines that travel to and from the country could resume as early as July.

Department of Health Secretary Brendan Murphy made the prediction after being asked about the coronavirus’ escalation in other nations.

Dr Murphy spearheaded Australia’s early action to close its borders last March.

“I think that we’ll go most of this year with still substantial border restrictions,” he told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation on Monday.

“Even if we have a lot of the population vaccinated, we don’t know whether that will prevent transmission of the virus,” he said, adding that he believed quarantine requirements for travellers would continue “for some time”.

Citizens, permanent residents and those with exemptions are allowed to enter Australia if they complete a 14-day hotel quarantine at their own expense.

Qantas – Australia’s national carrier – reopened bookings earlier this month, after saying it expected international travel to “begin to restart from July 2021.”

However, it added this depended on the Australian government’s deciding to reopen borders.

Australia’s tight restrictions

The country opened a travel bubble with neighbouring New Zealand late last year, but currently it only operates one-way with inbound flights to Australia.

Australia has also discussed the option of travel bubbles with other low-risk places such as Taiwan, Japan and Singapore.

A vaccination scheme is due to begin in Australia in late February. Local authorities have resisted calls to speed up the process, giving more time for regulatory approvals.

Australia has so far reported 909 deaths and about 22,000 cases, far fewer than many nations. It reported zero locally transmitted infections on Monday.

Experts have attributed much of Australia’s success to its swift border lockdown – which affected travellers from China as early as February – and a hotel quarantine system for people entering the country.

Local outbreaks have been caused by hotel quarantine breaches, including a second wave in Melbourne. The city’s residents endured a stringent four-month lockdown last year to successfully suppress the virus.

Other outbreaks – including one in Sydney which has infected about 200 people – prompted internal border closures between states, and other restrictions around Christmas time.

The state of Victoria said on Monday it would again allow entry to Sydney residents outside of designated “hotspots”, following a decline in cases.

While the measures have been praised, many have also criticised them for separating families across state borders and damaging businesses.

Dr Murphy said overall Australia’s virus response had been “pretty good” but he believed the nation could have introduced face masks earlier and improved its protections in aged care homes.

In recent days, Australia has granted entry to about 1,200 tennis players, staff and officials for the Australian Open. The contingent – which has recorded at least nine infections – is under quarantine.

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Covid: Brisbane to enter three-day lockdown over single infection

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The Australian city of Brisbane has begun a snap three-day lockdown after a cleaner in its hotel quarantine system became infected with coronavirus.

Health officials said the cleaner had the highly transmissible UK variant and they were afraid it could spread.

Brisbane has seen very few cases of the virus beyond quarantined travellers since Australia’s first wave last year.

It is the first known instance of this variant entering the Australian community outside of hotel quarantine.

The lockdown is for five populous council areas in Queensland’s state capital.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced the measure on Friday morning local time, about 16 hours after the woman tested positive.

Ms Palaszczuk said the lockdown aimed to halt the virus as rapidly as possible, adding: “Doing three days now could avoid doing 30 days in the future.”

“I think everybody in Queensland… knows what we are seeing in the UK and other places around the world is high rates of infection from this particular strain,” she said.

“And we do not want to see that happening here in our great state.”

Australia has reported 28,500 coronavirus infections and 909 deaths since the pandemic began. By contrast, the US, which is the hardest-hit country, has recorded more than 21 million infections while nearly 362,000 people have died of the disease.The lockdown will begin at 18:00 on Friday (08:00 GMT) in the Brisbane city, Logan and the Ipswich, Moreton and Redlands local government areas.

Residents will only be allowed to leave home for certain reasons, such as buying essential items and seeking medical care.

For the first time, residents in those areas will also be required to wear masks outside of their homes.

Australia has faced sporadic outbreaks over the past year, with the most severe one in Melbourne triggering a lockdown for almost four months.

A pre-Christmas outbreak in Sydney caused fresh alarm, but aggressive testing and contact-tracing has kept infection numbers low. The city recorded four local cases on Friday.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s government has pledged to start mass vaccinations in February instead of March as was planned.

Lockdown interrupts ‘near normal’ life in Brisbane

Simon Atkinson, BBC News in Brisbane

At 8:00 today I popped to the local supermarket for some bread, milk – and because it’s summer here – a mango. I was pretty much the only customer.

When I went past the same shop a couple of hours later it was a different story – 50 people standing in the drizzle – queuing to get inside as others emerged with bulging shopping bags. “Heaps busier than Christmas,” a cheery trolley attendant told me. “It’s off the scale”.

Despite the “don’t panic” messages from authorities, pictures on social media show it’s a pattern being repeated across the city.

While shutdowns are common around the world, the tough and sudden stay-at-home order for Brisbane has caught people on the hop here after months of near normality.

But while such a rapid, hard lockdown off the back of just a single case of Covid-19 will seem crazy in some parts of the world, I’ve not come across too many people complaining.

And I don’t think that’s just because Aussies love to follow a rule. This is the first time the UK variant of the virus has been detected in the community in Australia.

And nobody here wants Brisbane to go through what Melbourne suffered last year. Even if it means going without mangoes.

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