Trump Sics His Lawyers on Bannon

Bannon says president is 'a great man'
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 4, 2018 4:51 AM CST
Updated Jan 4, 2018 6:33 AM CST
In this Feb. 3, 2017 file photo, President Trump and then-White House chief strategist Steve Bannon are seen in the State Dining Room of the White House.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
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(Newser) – President Trump slammed Steve Bannon as having "lost his mind" Wednesday—but instead of firing back at his former boss, Bannon described Trump as a "great man." The former chief White House strategist declined to comment at length on Trump's remarks during his Breitbart News Tonight radio show Wednesday night, CNN reports. In response to a caller, Bannon said: "The president of the United States is a great man. You know, I support him day in and day out." In his blistering statement Wednesday, Trump, outraged over comments attributed to Bannon in upcoming Michael Wolff book Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, said his former campaign manager "has nothing to do" with him or his presidency. In other developments:

  • Cease-and-desist. Trump's lawyers have sent Bannon a cease-and-desist letter, accusing him of violating a nondisclosure agreement by speaking to Wolff, the BBC reports. The letter warns that legal action is imminent because Bannon broke the agreement by "making disparaging statements and in some cases outright defamatory statements to Mr. Wolff about Mr. Trump, his family members, and the Company."

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