President Donald Trump is seeking to halt the publication of “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” after former White House chief strategist Steven Bannon’s provocative comments ignited a media firestorm Wednesday.
Trump’s attorney’s sent a cease-and-desist letter to Henry Holt & Company, which is publishing the book by media critic Michael Wolff. The Washington Post reported that the publishing company received the letter from Trump attorney Charles Harder.
Harder said in a statement that the president plans to take legal action against Bannon, who is currently the CEO of Breitbart News. Bannon reportedly violated a non-disclosure agreement by making “disparaging” and “outright defamatory” comments about the president.
Among the more incendiary comments that are attributed to Bannon in the book is a claim that Donald Trump Jr. would be cracked “like an egg on national TV.” Furthermore, he called the Trump Tower meeting “unpatriotic” and “treasonous.”
“Even if you thought that this was not treasonous, or unpatriotic, or bad sh*t, and I happen to think it’s all of that, you should have called the FBI immediately,” Bannon said.
The president issued a scathing statement in retaliation for the reported Bannon comments.
“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. […]
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.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders also commented on the ugly falling out between the president and Steve Bannon.
“I think there are a number of factors that played in. I would certainly think that going after the president’s son in an absolutely outrageous and unprecedented way is probably not the best way to curry favor with anybody,” Sanders said.
Steve Bannon responded to the uproar about the comments in Wolff’s upcoming book.
“The President of the United States is a great man,” Bannon said on the “Breitbart News Tonight” radio show Wednesday. “You know I support him day in and day out.”
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