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FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump talks to chief strategist Steve Bannon during a swearing in ceremony for senior staff at the White House in Washington, U.S. January 22, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

Trump said he ‘understands’ Steve Bannon’s anger with Republicans in Congress

President Donald Trump says he “understands” his former chief strategist’s anger at Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and efforts to unseat incumbent Republicans.

Trump told reporters as he convenes a Cabinet meeting Monday that he “can understand where Steve Bannon’s coming from.”

At a conservative gathering over the weekend, Bannon declared war against the Republican establishment, including McConnell.

Trump says he has “great relations” with many senators, but says “they are not getting the job done.”

Trump says “There are some Republicans that, frankly, should be ashamed of themselves,” though he says “most of them are really, really great people.”

He called Bannon “a friend.”

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