Trump Responds to Bannon's Damning Comments in Book

'He lost his mind,' says the president of former adviser's comments to author Michael Wolff
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 3, 2018 8:39 AM CST
Updated Jan 3, 2018 1:00 PM CST
Steve Bannon, former strategist for President Trump, thinks Donald Trump Jr.'s meeting with Russians was a very bad idea.   (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

(Newser) – A highly anticipated book about the Trump White House comes out next week, and some advance peeks already are making headlines. Two in particular from Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House by Michael Wolff (a Newser founder): The Trump team, including Trump himself, genuinely did not expect to win, even on Election Day; and strategist Steve Bannon calls a meeting led by Donald Trump Jr. with a group of Russians "treasonous." More details and reaction:

  • Trump response: "Steve Bannon has nothing to do with me or my Presidency," said the president in an emailed statement, per Bloomberg News. "When he was fired, he not only lost his job, he lost his mind." Trump adds that the "only thing (Bannon) does well" is leak news to the media. "Steve doesn't represent my base—he's only in it for himself."
  • Excerpt: New York has a long book excerpt, which begins with Kellyanne Conway's belief on Election Day that, best case, Trump could hold the loss to fewer than six points. And Trump himself seemed content to parlay his even bigger fame after the presumed loss into something else, perhaps a Trump TV network. “This is bigger than I ever dreamed of,” he told Roger Ailes of Fox a week before the election. “I don’t think about losing, because it isn’t losing. We’ve totally won.”

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