A Big Fight Just Broke Up Between Trump And Bannon Over ‘Treasonous Russia Meeting’
A ballistic President Trump on Wednesday fired back at former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon for his incendiary criticism of the president and his family published in the forthcoming book by Michael Wolff “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House.”
In a blistering statement issued by the White House, Trump said Bannon has “lost his mind” and claimed he had “no influence” within the West Wing.
“Steve Bannon has nothing to do with me or my presidency,” Trump said according to The Hill. “When he was fired, he not only lost his job, he lost his mind,” Trump added.
“Steve was rarely in a one-on-one meeting with me and only pretends to have had influence to fool a few people with no access and no clue, whom he helped write phony books,” Trump said.
“Steve pretends to be at war with the media, which he calls the opposition party, yet he spent his time at the White House leaking false information to the media to make himself seem far more important than he was,” he said.
Earlier Wednesday, excerpts from the book leaked that quoted Bannon describing a 2016 meeting at Trump Tower between a Russian lawyer and Trump’s son, son-in-law and campaign chairman as “treasonous” and “unpatriotic.”
Bannon also said he believed the Russians were taken to meet Trump following the meeting, something the president has denied.
“They’re going to crack Don Junior like an egg on national TV,” Bannon predicted, referring to the president’s eldest son.
The book, which contains more than 200 interviews, is full of explosive claims about Trump, his family and his staff that painted a picture of a campaign and administration wracked by chaos and infighting.
The president’s statement came as a part of a full-court press by the White House against the book.
Trump’s tone on Wednesday stood in stark contrast to his reaction after Bannon’s departure from the White House.
“I want to thank Steve Bannon for his service. He came to the campaign during my run against Crooked Hillary Clinton – it was great! Thanks S” he tweeted at the time.
Earlier in the day, Breitbart News aggregated Bannon’s quote about Trump, Jr.’s actions as being “treasonous” – which seemed to be an implicit endorsement of the remarks.