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Trump slams Bannon over book, says ex-aide 'lost his mind'

Trump slams Bannon over book, says ex-aide 'lost his mind'
From CBC - January 3, 2018

U.S. President Donald Trump returned fire with both barrels Wednesday against criticism levelled at him in a new book that says he never expectedor wantedto win the White House, his victory left his wife in tears and a senior adviser thought his son's contact with a Russian lawyer during the campaign was "treasonous."

Trump released a formal statement railing against his former chief White House strategist, Steve Bannon, insisting Bannon had little to do with his victorious campaign and "has nothing to do with me or my Presidency."

"When he was fired, he not only lost his job, he lost his mind," Trump said.

The statement came in response to an unflattering new book by writer Michael Wolff that paints Trump as a juvenile in many ways who does not understand the weight of the presidency and spends his evenings eating cheeseburgers in bed, watching television and talking on the phone to his old friends.

White House aides were blindsided Wednesday when an early excerpt from the book was published online by New York magazine and released by other media outlets that had obtained copies ahead of its Jan. 9 publish date. The White House did not have a copy of the book as of Wednesday morning, according to officials who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss internal discussions.

Trump seemed most angry at comments made by Bannon and first reported by the Guardian, which obtained an early copy of the book, Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House.

'Unpatriotic'

According to The Guardian, Bannon described a Trump Tower meeting between Donald Trump Jr., Trump campaign aides and a Russian lawyer as "treasonous" and "unpatriotic."

Bannon also told Wolff that the investigations into potential collusion between Russia and Trump campaign officials would likely focus on money laundering.

"They are going to crack Don Junior like an egg on national TV," The Guardian quoted Bannon as saying.

A spokesperson for Bannon did not immediately respond to a request for a comment.

But the former White House chief strategist was not surprised or particularly bothered by the blowback, according to a person familiar with Bannon's thinking but not authorized to speak publicly on the matter.

Bannon vowed on Wednesday to continue his "war" on the Republican establishment and also predicted that, after a cooling-off period, he'd continue to speak with Trump, who likes to maintain contact with former advisers even after he fires and sometimes disparages them.

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