In recent days and weeks, the Trump administration has received greater scrutiny and backlash from political opponents than had been seen in the year prior. Despite the White House’s greatest attempts to keep Michael Wolff’s tell-all book, Fire and Fury, from being published, it is clear that their inability to do so has led to increasing inquiry as to whether or not the current president is fit to handle the role in which he is operating. Wolff’s book involved quotes and interviews from an array of former White House officials, as well as many other people who were close to the Trump administration and family.
Among one of the most notable of these figures that was featured in Wolff’s book, is that of former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, who found himself in deep conflict with the Trump administration fairly early in the president’s first year in office. Considering the issues that Trump and Bannon have had in recent months in regards to their relationship and interactions as colleagues, it is apparent that President Trump has begun a warpath to discredit his former advisor as extensively as possible. Trump has done this in a myriad of ways, including making public announcements denouncing Bannon’s claims and statements, as well as putting out his own statement in true Trump fashion. In the release, the president labeled his former colleague has “Sloppy Steve” and made it quite evident that any relation between himself and the Breitbart chief has been outright relinquished.
In Wolff’s book, Bannon not only criticizes the president and his administration, but furthermore goes on to attack Donald Trump Jr. for his role in the 2016 presidential elections, claiming that the meeting taken by the president’s son with a Russian lawyer was “treasonous.” Nevertheless, Bannon came forward on Sunday to issue an apology for the statements made regarding Trump Jr., stating that the reporting was inaccurate, and later praised Trump Jr. for his patriotism. According to Axios, Bannon further stated in his apology that:
‘My support is also unwavering for the president and his agenda – as I have shown daily in my national radio broadcasts, on the pages of Breitbart News and in speeches and appearances from Tokyo to Hong Kong to Arizona and Alabama.’
— The Hill (@thehill) January 7, 2018
However, despite Bannon’s attempts to mitigate the forthcoming battle between himself and the president, the apology put forward by the ex-advisor may be too late, as it has been uncovered that Trump aims to discredit Bannon for his role in Wolff’s novel and consequent attacks. According to Mike Allen of Axios, President Trump has been busy telling his allies in office and in the media to “bury Steve Bannon,” and giving an ultimatum that supporters must choose between himself and Bannon.
Now that I've finished Michael Wolff's book, I can say: nothing could possibly underscore the truth of Wolff's portrayal of Trump, and of how Trump's staff humiliates themselves to please him, more than Stephen Miller's performance on @JakeTapper's show https://t.co/d4WfrSsWXx
— Ezra Klein (@ezraklein) January 7, 2018
During a recent interview on CNN’s State of the Union with Stephen Miller, a senior policy advisor for the Trump administration, displayed the heated controversy that is boiling between Trump and Bannon. Despite having a longtime relationship with Bannon, Miller immediately denounced the claims made by Bannon in Fire and Fury, and attacked host Jake Tapper for what Miller claims are inaccurate and fabricated reports against the Trump White House.
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