Furious Trump Responds To "Pretender" Bannon: "He Has Lost His Mind"

Following Steve Bannon's earlier remarks from a forthcoming book about "treasonous" meetings at Trump Tower, President Trump lashed out and denounced his former top strategist, Steve Bannon, on Wednesday, saying that he “lost his mind” after leaving the White House last summer.

"When he was fired, he not only lost his job, he lost his mind," Trump blasted Bannon in a White House statement. "Now that he is on his own, Steve is learning that winning isn’t as easy as I make it look."

In the bizarre, 265-word statement, Trump indicted Bannon for some of his activities at the White House and afterward. He blamed him for the loss of a Republican Senate seat in Alabama in a special election last month and accused him of leaking to news reporters while he served as the White House chief strategist.

"Steve had very little to do with our historic victory, which was delivered by the forgotten men and women of this country,” Trump fumed. "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."

As Bloomberg notes, the statement represents a dramatic and emphatic break from the person considered the architect of Trump’s presidential campaign. Bannon continued to enjoy access to the president after he left the White House, but that has now ended, according to Bloomberg.

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“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 said. “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.”

Earlier on Wednesday, New York Magazine published excerpts of a forthcoming book by author Michael Wolff in which Bannon criticizes Trump’s campaign as well as the president and his family. The Guardian published excerpts of the book in which Bannon predicts that Special Counsel Robert Mueller will “crack Don Junior like an egg on national TV” over the president’s son’s meeting with a Russian lawyer at Trump Tower in June 2016.

Bannon also called Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with the lawyer, in which he expected to receive damaging information on Trump’s election opponent Hillary Clinton, “treasonous” and “unpatriotic,” according to the Guardian.

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The Full Statement from the President of the United States (highlights ours)

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.

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So much for Trump's gratitude for Bannon's service who "came to the campaign during my run against Crooked Hillary Clinton - it was great! Thanks S"

And so much for "having more power" to fight the resistance from outside The White House.

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JSBach1 BaBaBouy Wed, 01/03/2018 - 15:14 Permalink

"... 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..."

Where, Mr Trump, can you point us to by way of illustration of those words and translate them into deeds???? Just a simple look at your cabinet and your foreign policy decisions says it all...nothing but hot gas!

You sir, are but another faint footprint, in a long path of footprints, that are taking this country over a cliff.

 

“Mankind must put an end to war before war puts an end to mankind.” 

"As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” 

--- JFK

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beemasters ne-tiger Wed, 01/03/2018 - 16:27 Permalink

"Fire and Fury will be published next week. Wolff is a prominent media critic and columnist who has written for the Guardian and is a biographer of Rupert Murdoch. He previously conducted interviews for the Hollywood Reporter with Trump in June 2016 and Bannon a few months later.

He told the Guardian in November that to research the book, he showed up at the White House with no agenda but wanting to “find out what the insiders were really thinking and feeling”. He enjoyed extraordinary access to Trump and senior officials and advisers, he said, sometimes at critical moments of the fledgling presidency.

The rancour between Bannon and “Javanka” – Kushner and his wife Ivanka Trump – is a recurring theme of the book. Kushner and Ivanka are Jewish. Henry Kissinger, the former secretary of state, is quoted as saying: “It is a war between the Jews and the non-Jews.”

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/jan/03/donald-trump-russia-ste…

It makes a lot of sense too why Trump is blindly pro-Israel.

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fleur de lis Mr Hankey Wed, 01/03/2018 - 21:15 Permalink

What could have provoked Steve Bannon to turn and throw everything he has at the White House?

Was he double crossed?

Did he come into possession of absolutely egregious information?

Was the information something of an existential threat to America or Americans and ignored?

Were the Swamp creatures and their Deep State allies colonizing the White House once again and infecting policy? 

Did he catch wind of yet another foreign war that would drain America of more blood and treasure?

Whatever it was, it had to be bad enough for him to take on mortal combat with the White House and the Swamp.

Something really, really, really bad came to Bannon's attention, and it was bad enough for him to ignite a firestorm because he did not see another way around it.

One thing is sure about Bannon -- he is not bought off and puts America first. 

We won't know what really happened until Bannon himself speaks of it, so anything out of the media is a guess just like anything on this board.

No one really knows what provoked this volley, at least not in public -- yet.

Whatever it was, it has only added a layer of more complications.

 

 

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jeff montanye fleur de lis Thu, 01/04/2018 - 07:32 Permalink

jimmyjones may have it; s/he and other doubters. what is bannon doing right now? he is suing robert mueller and the doj for going off the res by indicting him for stuff unrelated to the election of '16, not to say russiagate (which mueller clearly may do, given the breadth of his charge). trump may have many but still fewer enemies than it sometimes appears. hide your light, bide your time. bannon may have been a sacrifice useful as precedent. mueller may be an ally. in some ways trump is doing everything seemingly the same as bushobama, given he's republican, rich, a "buffoon", etc. everything but the way the corruption in the fbi/doj keeps leaking out, mueller doesn't really seem in danger of being fired, and the started from the first of the administration doj insp. gen.'s investigation continues (defense already started -- these don't happen every day, year or administration; hillary clinton never had anything but a temp i g during her tenure as s of s.).

if you wanted to really tie down that mueller could prosecute for stuff that wasn't russia meddling/hacking or even the '16 election at all, it certainly wouldn't hurt to go through the present exercise. say trump/mueller want to prosecute more widely, perhaps, just perhaps, in some vague concert with the doj insp. general's contemporaneous work.

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Teja beemasters Thu, 01/04/2018 - 16:00 Permalink

How dumb must one be to allow a free-running journalist researching a book in the center of government?

See, it is not about Jews vs. Gentile or right vs radical right, it is about being thick as a brick and at the same time thinking themselves to be the sharpest knife of all. Such people are dangerous to all around them, especially when equipped with the Largest Button.

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J S Bach ne-tiger Wed, 01/03/2018 - 17:45 Permalink

"Ok, Bannontards, what you do now? I never understand why so many tards here love Bannon? Is it because he's a racist drunk?"

I never understand why so many wise commenters such as yourself make insulting insinuations. Personally, I could give a rat's ass about Bannon.  He's not the one I voted for nor the one with his finger on the "ours is bigger than yours" nuclear button.  My comment had nothing to do with Bannon, but more about our latest sell-out leader who promised so much, but continues to give in to the same old dominating tribe.

 

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ableman28 ne-tiger Wed, 01/03/2018 - 18:06 Permalink

Hey, you say "racist drunk" like its a bad thing.  It is critically important in this time of momentous social change to be more tolerant of the intolerant than we have been in the past.  Frankly, anything this side of batshit crazy, and ok the Donald and Bannon are kinda close to that, should be more acceptable.  Because if anything says social cohesion its outright basis lies intended to stigmatize and divide every single one of us.

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Reality Creator J S Bach Wed, 01/03/2018 - 21:31 Permalink

JS Bach, He didn't play me like a piano. I hated the fucker when he started his long list of lies and indignant behavior, in fact there were more people who knew he was a fucking shittard from the start, and voted so accordingly. Yes, me and many millions of others knew he was a fucking disaster, a bigoted, stupid, racist, sexist, xenophobic, homophobic anti-semite.

The question is, if 0 Hedge is filled with such smart investors who spend all day analyzing data and economic, political, social and diplomatic trends to make successful and informed decisions on what to put their and others' money into, how is it possible y'all could have whiffed so badly by backing Trump? One thing I'll give you, is my respect for acknowledging your blunder and admitting it: that is an honorable and decent thing to do. Now is the time to come together and fucking straighten this shit out.

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Nostradalus Reality Creator Thu, 01/04/2018 - 05:34 Permalink

      "The question is, if 0 Hedge is filled with such smart investors who spend all day analyzing data and economic, political, social and diplomatic trends to make successful and informed decisions on what to put their and others' money into, how is it possible y'all could have whiffed so badly by backing Trump? "

 

     Did you perchance notice the cankled wreck with the weak swiveling ankles who he was running against?

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DeadFred J S Bach Thu, 01/04/2018 - 00:04 Permalink

This is fake news. They are putting on an act. What is the motive? My best guess is that Bannon is suckering them in. The left will now go all-in on the dossier and it is demonstrably false. Michael Cohen is core to that narrative and there is a mountain of evidence he didn't do what the dossier says. Everyone will be salivating over the prospects that Trump is going down while he is rounding them up. 9000 plus sealed Federal indictments are out there now waiting to be unsealed. 

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EddieLomax Pinto Currency Wed, 01/03/2018 - 18:13 Permalink

If Trump unloaded without checking then this is likely one of the biggest screw-ups he's made of his presidency.

If not though, and multiple news agencies have all reported the same information, then he has every right to unload on Bannon, one red line for Trump is his family.  By attacking his family like this Bannon would be guaranteed a response, I wonder if this is more about selling books?

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JSBach1 JSBach1 Wed, 01/03/2018 - 16:41 Permalink

Here are some interesting excepts from Wolff's 'Fire and Fury':

"...As much as the president himself, the chief of staff determines how the Executive branch — which employs 4 million people — will run. The job has been construed as deputy president, or even prime minister. But Trump had no interest in appointing a strong chief of staff with a deep knowledge of Washington. Among his early choices for the job was Kushner — a man with no political experience beyond his role as a calm and flattering body man to Trump during the campaign.

It was Ann Coulter who finally took the president-elect aside. “Nobody is apparently telling you this,” she told him. “But you can’t. You just can’t hire your children.”

Bowing to pressure, Trump floated the idea of giving the job to Steve Bannon, only to have the notion soundly ridiculed. Murdoch told Trump that Bannon would be a dangerous choiceJoe Scarborough, the former congressman and co-host of MSNBC’s Morning Joe, told the president-elect that “Washington will go up in flames” if Bannon became chief of staff.

So Trump turned to Reince Priebus, the RNC chairman..."

 

"...Balancing risk against reward, both Jared and Ivanka decided to accept roles in the West Wing over the advice of almost everyone they knew. It was a joint decision by the couple, and, in some sense, a joint job. Between themselves, the two had made an earnest deal: If sometime in the future the opportunity arose, she’d be the one to run for president. The first woman president, Ivanka entertained, would not be Hillary Clinton; it would be Ivanka Trump

 

Bannon, who had coined the term “Jarvanka” that was now in ever greater use in the White House, was horrified when the couple’s deal was reported to him. “They didn’t say that?” he said. “Stop. Oh, come on. They didn’t actually say that? Please don’t tell me that. Oh my God.”

The truth was, Ivanka and Jared were as much the chief of staff as Priebus or Bannon, all of them reporting directly to the president..."

 

"...Each appeal was exactly what Trump wanted from the presidency, and he didn’t understand why he couldn’t have them all. He wanted to break things, he wanted Congress to give him bills to sign, and he wanted the love and respect of New York machers and socialites..." [Is this MAGA???]

"...And making suggestions to him was deeply complicated. Here, arguably, was the central issue of the Trump presidency, informing every aspect of Trumpian policy and leadership: He didn’t process information in any conventional sense. He didn’t read. He didn’t really even skim. Some believed that for all practical purposes he was no more than semi-­literate. He trusted his own expertise ­— no matter how paltry or irrelevant — more than anyone else’s. He was often confident, but he was just as often paralyzed, less a savant than a figure of sputtering and dangerous insecurities, whose instinctive response was to lash out and behave as if his gut, however confused, was in fact in some clear and forceful way telling him what to do. It was, said Walsh, “like trying to figure out what a child wants...”

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