The response from President Trump to the release of negative comments by Steve Bannon was swift and hard-hitting, with Trump saying Bannon lost his mind when he lost his job.
President Trump defended his son and son-in-law from attacks by his former strategist Steve Bannon in the typical Trump fashion, hitting back harder against the former insider who has now, it seems safe to say, torched every bridge he had to the Trump administration.
He may be endearing himself to the left with recent comments appearing in a new book, Fire and Fury, in which he described the 2016 meeting at Trump Tower between Don Jr., Paul Manafort, Jared Kushner, Natalia Veselnitskaya and others as “treasonous” and “unpatriotic.”
Bannon also told the author, Michael Wolff, that “They’re going to crack Don Junior like an egg on national TV.”
President Trump responded with a written statement on the comments, his relationship with Bannon, previous and current, and the mental condition of his former strategist. Trump wrote:
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.”
Two questions arise out of this unseemly mess. Why invite the author into the White House in the first place and why is anyone surprised by the result from a guy who writes regularly for the libtards at USA Today and The Hollywood Reporter? They should expect anti-Trump gossip and hype, the very sort of totally unnecessary self-inflicted wound they are now receiving.
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