President Trump fired back at former White House strategist Steve Bannon, who in a new book harshly criticizes the Trump team for a "treasonous" meeting with a Russian lawyer.
"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," Trump said in a statement Wednesday.
He continued: "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."
— Fin Gomez (@finnygo) January 3, 2018
In an excerpt of the book "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House," Bannon took aim at Donald Trump Jr., Paul Manafort and Jared Kushner for agreeing to the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting in an apparent effort to obtain "dirt" on Hillary Clinton.
"Even if you thought that this was not treasonous, or unpatriotic, or bad s**t, and I happen to think it’s all of that, you should have called the FBI immediately," Bannon said.
He argued that the meeting should have been held "in a Holiday Inn in Manchester, New Hampshire" with lawyers instead of inside Trump Tower, doubting that Trump himself did not know about the sitdown.
The head of Breitbart also had an ominous warning about the Russia investigation, predicting that Special Counsel Robert Mueller will go after Trump for money laundering.
"It’s as plain as a hair on your face," said Bannon.
Trump accused Bannon of repeatedly leaking "false information to make himself seem far more important than he was," downplaying Bannon's influence in the White House before he departed in August.
"We have many great Republican members of Congress and candidates who are very supportive of the Make America Great Again agenda," said Trump.
"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."
In a statement, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders criticized the book by Michael Wolff: "This book is filled with false and misleading accounts from individuals who have no access or influence with the White House. Participating in a book that can only be described as trashy tabloid fiction exposes their sad desperate attempts at relevancy."
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