President Trump on Tuesday called his chief strategist Steve Bannon a "good man," but answered vaguely when asked whether he has confidence in Bannon.

"We'll see what happens with Mr. Bannon, but he's a good person and I think the press treats him frankly very unfairly," he said in Trump Tower in New York on Tuesday.

Bannon has been the subject of speculation for the last few weeks, and some reports say he's on the way out of the White House. Trump said only that he likes Bannon, and refused to speculate on his fate.

Trump also reiterated that he got far in the 2016 primaries without Bannon's help.

"I like Mr. Bannon. He's a friend of mine. But Mr. Bannon came on very late, you know that," Trump said.

"I went through 17 senators, governors and I won all the primaries. Mr. Bannon came on very much later than that," he added. "And I like him, he's a good man, he's not a racist, I can tell you that, he's a good person."