Trump left 'furious,' 'disgusted' by Bannon over new book

Jan 06, 2018, 00:22
Trump left 'furious,' 'disgusted' by Bannon over new book

Trump cut ties with Bannon on Wednesday, saying his former adviser had "lost his mind" in a blistering statement issued after reports of disparaging comments by Bannon in a forthcoming book, "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House" by author Michael Wolff.

"When he was sacked, he not only lost his job, he lost his mind", Trump said Wednesday.

The White House has disputed the book's accuracy.

"Even if you thought that this was not treasonous, or unpatriotic, or bad s--, and I happen to think it's all of that you should have called the Federal Bureau of Investigation immediately", Bannon is quoted in Wolff's book as saying of the legal implications of the June 2016 meeting.

US President Donald Trump tried to counter one-two blows of betrayal and scandal Thursday, punching back at a bare-knuckle book that portrayed his White House as a fetid stew of backbiting, incompetence and dysfunction.

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"I think furious, disgusted would probably certainly fit, when you make such outrageous claims and completely false claims against the president, his administration, and his family", Sanders said during the press briefing Wednesday.

Trump hailed that move on Twitter Friday, saying: "The Mercer Family recently dumped the leaker known as Sloppy Steve Bannon".

Trump personal lawyer Charles Harder said in a statement, "Legal action is imminent", according to media reports.

Some of the harshest commentary in the book allegedly came from former chief strategist Mr Bannon, who is quoted as describing a Trump Tower meeting between Donald Trump Jr, Jared Kushner, campaign chairman Paul Manafort and Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya as "treasonous" and "unpatriotic". "She was confident he would win and was very happy when he did", Grisham said in a statement.

In researching the book, Wolff said he had been able to take up "something like a semi-permanent seat on a couch in the West Wing" following the president's inauguration.

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Bannon helped Trump shape a populist, anti-establishment message and had been the president's link to his hard-line conservative base of support. Bannon did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Much of Bannon's political clout, they argue, stemmed from the assumption that he was acting with the imprimatur of the president, even if Trump wasn't visibly in lockstep. However, there are few absolutes in Trump's orbit, White House aides acknowledge, and he has been known to bury the hatchet with those he perceived to have wronged him. "I'd like to associate myself with what the president had to say about Steve Bannon yesterday, " he said mischievously Thursday.

"Fox & Friends" host Steve Doocy reminded viewers that Bannon went on a Breitbart radio show after book excerpts were released on Wednesday and defended the president.

Some Trump allies even encouraged him to welcome Bannon back into his good graces.

"Even if you thought that this was not treasonous, or unpatriotic, or bad shit, and I happen to think it's all of that, you should have called the Federal Bureau of Investigation immediately", he said. "He obviously changed his tune pretty quick".

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