In an official White House Statement Donald Trump said his former top strategist Steve Bannon has “lost his mind” and claimed he had “no influence” in the West Wing after Bannon described the Trump Tower meeting between the president’s son and a group of Russians during the 2016 election campaign as “treasonous” and “unpatriotic”, according to an explosive new book seen by the Guardian.”
Trump said, “When he was fired, he not only lost his job, he lost his mind. Now that he is on his own, Steve is learning that winning isn’t as easy as I make it look.”
Bannon also told book author Michael Wolff that “the investigation into alleged collusion with the Kremlin will focus on money laundering and predicted: ‘They’re going to crack Don Junior like an egg on national TV.’”
The blistering White House response went on to say:
“Steve Bannon has nothing to do with me or my presidency,” Trump said. “When he was fired, he not only lost his job, he lost his mind.”
“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,” the president added.
As of this writing, the ultra-right-wing Breitbart News has three articles addressing Trump’s “furious” response. After Bannon left the White House, he resumed his position at Breitbart and is using it as a tool to troll Trump.
The book includes 200 interviews and is filled with explosive allegations about Trump, his family, and his aides.
In a subsequent statement, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said,“This book is filled with false and misleading accounts from individuals who have no access or influence with the White House. “Participating in a book that can only be described as trashy tabloid fiction exposes their sad, desperate attempts at relevancy.”