Earlier today, a new book by Michael Wolff, Fire and Fury, made a splash in the world of gossip, mostly because of comments made to the author by Steve Bannon the former White House Chief Strategist and Breitbart editor who was fired when John Kelly became Chief of Staff.
In the book, Bannon is quoted accusing Donald Trump Jr. of treason for presiding over the Trump Tower meeting. Bannon also seems to think Trump Jr. and Jared Kushner will go to prison for money laundering although there is no evidence of that. Bannon’s statements are extreme and a bit crazy.
The President responded today with anger and disgust, saying Bannon “not only lost his job, he lost his mind”. He also told us why Bannon was fired. While he pretended to be at war with the media, Bannon was leaking to them. This is the President’s full statement.
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.
Foul language aside, as it turns out, the Mooch nailed it, Donald Trump Jr. said.
I said what I said in the Summer take out the expletives and pay closer attention. Btw, @realDonaldTrump is doing a great job.
— Anthony Scaramucci (@Scaramucci) January 3, 2018
Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders addressed the issue during the press conference Wednesday.