President Trump launched a furious attack against his former White House aide and Executive Chairman of Breitbart News, Steve Bannon, saying that "he lost his mind" after losing his job at the White House.
Update 4 (5 Jan 2018): - The author of the book, Michael Wolff, told NBC's Today show that Donald Trump “has no credibility” and that his staff at the White House “all say he is like a child”. “He has a need for immediate gratification, it's all about him,” Wolff added in an exclusive interview to NBC Today. “This man does not read, does not listen. He's like a pinball just shooting off the sides.”
Update 3 (4 Jan 2018): - The Wall Street Journal's Media and Marketing Bureau Chief, Amol Sharma, tweeted that “Book retailers are moving up their release date for Michael Wolff's Trump book "Fire and Fury" to Friday as an intense White House backlash fuels interest in the title”
Update 2 (4 Jan 2018): - Steve Bannon has finally reacted to Trump's statement on Twitter: “And in spite of allegations and words, Trump is a great man. He is the great white hope for the USA and regardless of what seems to be going on right now. So to make things clear my support for him is unchanged! #MAGA”
Update 1 (4 Jan 2018): - Donald Trump's lawyers are now trying to stop the release of the book, demanding the publisher to “immediately cease and desist from any further publication, release or dissemination”, or excerpts and summaries of its contents.
Steve Bannon was recently quoted in a book containing damaging allegations about Donald Trump's administration, "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House", by journalist Michael Wolff to have described a meeting between Donald Trump Jr and a group of Russians as "treasonous" and "unpatriotic", adding about the investigators that "They're going to crack Don Junior like an egg on national TV".
It didn't take long for Donald Trump to react. And what a reaction!
The president's statement reads:
"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."
White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders has also commented on the book, describing it as "filled with false and misleading accounts from individuals who have no access or influence with the White House". Adding that "participating in a book that can only be described as a trashy tabloid fiction exposes their sad desperate attempts at relevancy".
Earlier today, Bannon did try to escape to the controversy by tweeting that the whole story was just "total Fake News" and "taken out of context", created by the "liberal propaganda Machine".
However, it looks like President Trump doesn't believe the controversial book to be fake news at all and is taking very seriously the quote that states that his team had indeed contacts with Russia during the 2016 election campaign. Seriously enough to release an official statement to completely repudiate Bannon.
It comes as a stark contrast to the way Trump thanked Bannon for his work at the White House, last Summer.🔷