It is being reported that President Trump just denounced former strategist Steve Bannon, the former executive chairman of the far-right Breitbart News. You can see his full statement below.
Trump's statement came after Steve Bannon, in a new book, calls a meeting of Trump campaign officials with a Russian lawyer in Trump Tower during the presidential campaign "treasonous" and "unpatriotic."
"Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House," soon to be published by Henry Holt, was written by Michael Wolff. In the book, Bannon rips Donald Trump Jr. and Jewish White House senior adviser Jared Kushner. He also critiques Paul Manafort for taking a June 2016 meeting with a group of Russians who promised dirt on Hillary Clinton.
According to NBC News, Bannon also believes that the Russians were taken after the meeting to meet President Trump in person, something that Trump denies ever happened.
"The three senior guys in the campaign thought it was a good idea to meet with a foreign government inside Trump Tower in the conference room on the 25th floor – with no lawyers. They didn't have any lawyers," Bannon said, according to the Idaho Statesman. "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 FBI immediately."
In response, President Trump's scathing statement was issued. According to Trump, Bannon's statements are not true.
"Steve Bannon has nothing to do with me or my Presidency. When he was fired, he not only lost his job, he lost his mind," Trump said. "Steve had very little to do with our historic victory, which was delivered by the forgotten men and women of this country. Yet Steve had everything to do with the loss of a Senate seat in Alabama held for more than thirty years by Republicans. Steve doesn't represent my base — he's only in it for himself," the president added.
Trump also accused Bannon of leaking false information to the media about his influence and importance. You can read the full statement below.
Steve Bannon has nothing to do with me or my Presidency. When he was fired, he not only lost his job, he lost his mind. Steve was a staffer who worked for me after I had already won the nomination by defeating seventeen candidates, often described as the most talented field ever assembled in the Republican party.
Now that he is on his own, Steve is learning that winning isn’t as easy as I make it look. Steve had very little to do with our historic victory, which was delivered by the forgotten men and women of this country. Yet Steve had everything to do with the loss of a Senate seat in Alabama held for more than thirty years by Republicans.
Steve doesn’t represent my base—he’s only in it for himself. 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. It is the only thing he does well. 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.
We have many great Republican members of Congress and candidates who are very supportive of the Make America Great Again agenda. Like me, they love the United States of America and are helping to finally take our country back and build it up, rather than simply seeking to burn it all down.
Those close to Trump have also responded to Steve Bannon's statements found in the book, according to BBC. According to White House spokesperson Sarah Sanders, the book is filled with "false and misleading accounts from individuals who have no access or influence within the White House."
Melania Trump's spokesperson has also issued harsh words towards the book.
"The book is clearly going to be sold in the bargain fiction section," she said, according to NBC. "Mrs. Trump supported her husband's decision to run for President and in fact, encouraged him to do so. She was confident he would win and was very happy when he did."
Bannon left the White House in August after a receiving heavy media criticism for the first seven months of Trump's presidency. After leaving the White House, Bannon returned back to Breitbart News as chairman and the host of the radio show Breitbart News Daily.
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