Public breakup with Donald Trump costs Steve Bannon a key GOP backer

Public breakup with Donald Trump costs Steve Bannon a key GOP backer

According to your article, President Trump excommunicated his onetime chief strategist, Stephen Bannon, from his political circle, excoriating him, in your words, as "a self-promoting exaggerator". "And so I don't know all of the details related to the meeting", Scaramucci said on ABC News' "Good Morning America".

"When he was sacked, he not only lost his job, he lost his mind", Trump said in a statement, adding, "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".

Trump cut ties with Bannon on Wednesday, saying his former adviser had "lost his mind" in a blistering statement issued after reports of disparaging comments by Bannon in a forthcoming book, "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House" by author Michael Wolff. It was spurred by an unflattering new book by writer Michael Wolff that paints Trump as a leader who doesn't understand the weight of the presidency and spends his evenings eating cheeseburgers in bed, watching television and talking on the phone to old friends.

It cites former top aide Steve Bannon as describing a meeting with a group of Russians as "treasonous".

Bannon has not released any statements addressing the controversy over his remarks but in a Wednesday night radio show praised the president as a "great man".

What did the lawyers say?

But he has not refuted any of the statements that Mr. Bannon made.

Mr Trump's personal lawyerCharles Harder sent a legal notice that warned of possible claims including libel against Wolff and publisher Henry Holt & Co.

NY magazine also published a lengthy adaptation of the book on Wednesday, in which Wolff writes that Trump believed his presidential nomination would boost his brand and deliver "untold opportunities" - but that he never expected to win.

Mr Harder also briefly represented disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein.

How has the Trump administration defended itself?

"The president is a great man, " said Bannon, in response to a caller's question about the extraordinary rift that developed Wednesday between the two men.

A spokesperson for Melania Trump said the First Lady had encouraged her husband's presidential bid.

In researching the book, Wolff said he had been able to take up "something like a semi-permanent seat on a couch in the West Wing" following the president's inauguration.

Asked what specifically had prompted the president's fury with Bannon, she said: "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".

Bannon had helped Trump form a coalition of anti-establishment Republicans, blue-collar working class and economic nationalists that launched him to the White House, but Trump had long ago grown frustrated that Bannon seemed to be overstepping his role as a staffer.

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