President Donald Trump unleashed a blistering excoriation of his former chief strategist Steve Bannon, taking aim at his credibility and painting him as mentally unstable following Bannon’s claims that Trump’s son held a “treasonous” and “unpatriotic” meeting with a group of Russians at Trump Tower.
According to a sneak peek by The Guardian, the upcoming book “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House” reportedly contains Bannon’s hot take on last year’s meeting between Donald Jr., son-in-law Jared Kushner, then-campaign chairman Paul Manafort and Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya, who promised dirt on Hillary Clinton.
“The three senior guys in the campaign thought it was a good idea to meet with a foreign government inside Trump Tower in the conference room on the 25th floor – with no lawyers. They didn’t have any lawyers,” Bannon charged. “Even if you thought that this was not treasonous, or unpatriotic, or bad shit, and I happen to think it’s all of that, you should have called the FBI immediately.”
Bannon went on to predict that Robert Mueller’s investigation will “crack Don Junior like an egg on national TV” by homing in on possible money laundering and Kremlin collusion.
Trump retaliated against Bannon’s claims in a statement released to reporters by White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
“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,” he said.
“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.”
The president went on to accuse Bannon of “leaking false information to the media” and characterized him as a fraud who plays himself up as someone who had a larger role in the administration than he actually did.
“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,” the statement concluded.