President Trump didn’t take kindly to Steven Bannon’s shots taken in the new book “Fire and Fury,” as previewed by The Guardian on Wednesday.
After Bannon blitzed the White House with vicious comments, such as claiming “they’re going to crack Don Junior like an egg on national TV” for the Trump Tower meeting and for disparaging the Trump “brain trust,” the president unloaded.
Official WH POTUS statement on former senior strategist Steve Bannon pic.twitter.com/O34h2jU9Qe
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) January 3, 2018
The official White House statement reads:
“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. Steve was a staffer who worked for me after I had already won the nomination by defeating seventeen candidates, often described as the most talented field ever assembled in the Republican Party.
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.
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. It is the only thing he does well. 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.
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.”
Twitter exploded over the statement:
the full WH statement is just savage, folk's pic.twitter.com/0RJT9gGjfX
— Simon Maloy (@SimonMaloy) January 3, 2018
Trump on BANNON: "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. "
— Steve Holland (@steveholland1) January 3, 2018
— Fox News (@FoxNews) January 3, 2018
I believe we're going to learn that President Trump has a much bigger nuclear button than Steve Bannon
— Rich Lowry (@RichLowry) January 3, 2018
Trump essentially excommunicates Steve Bannon from his orbit. Bannon is "only in it for himself” and rather than making America better is “simply seeking to burn it all down."
— Peter Baker (@peterbakernyt) January 3, 2018
One of the greatest statements ever issued from the White House in U.S. historyhttps://t.co/FVyQnCP215
— Taegan Goddard (@politicalwire) January 3, 2018
It’s safe to say that Steve Bannon won’t be invited to any more White House cocktail parties after this.
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