Last Friday, author Michael Wolff launched his new book “Fire and Fury: Inside The Trump White House.” The book details over 200 interviews Wolff claims to have had with White House staffers including former Trump’s former chief strategist, Steve Bannon.
In the book, Bannon had some scathing things to say Trump and his family. Bannon went after Donald Trump Jr. calling his contact with a Russian lawyer “treasonous” as he refers to a meeting that was had at Trump Tower in June 2016. According to ABC News:
‘Later Wednesday, Trump attorney Charles Harder threatened legal action against Bannon over “disparaging statements and in some cases outright defamatory statements.
‘Harder sent a letter to Bannon saying the former Trump aide violated confidentiality agreements by speaking with Wolff. The letter demanded Bannon “cease and desist” any further disclosure of confidential information. Bannon did not immediately respond to a request for comment.’
Bannon attempted to issue Trump an apology on Monday, but Trump would not accept it. According to ABC News:
‘White House aides were apparently blind-sided by the information. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the book’s release left Trump “furious” and “disgusted.”‘
Huckabee Sanders was asked what might have prompted it and made a statement saying:
‘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.’
White House spokesman Hogan Gidley told reporters on Air Force One:
‘When you go after somebody’s family in the matter which he did, two of the president’s children are serving this nation, sacrificing in their service, it is repugnant, it is grotesque and I challenge anybody to go and talk about somebody’s family and see if that person doesn’t come back and comes back hard.’
Gidley went on to say:
‘I don’t believe there is any way back for Mr. Bannon at this point. I just don’t think there’s any way back.’
When Wolff’s book excerpts first appeared last week, Trump said Bannon “lost it.” According to the NY Post:
‘On Sunday, Bannon tried to bury the hatchet with Trump by expressing “regret” over his comments and referring to his son Donald Trump Jr. as a “patriot” and a “good man.”
‘He also disputed quotes attributed to him in the book calling Donald Jr. “treasonous” for meeting Russians at the Trump Tower during the campaign in June 2016.’
Bannon later gave a statement to Axios saying that the comment was really meant for Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort. Manafort attended the Trump Tower meeting with Donald Trump Jr. and Trump’s son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner.
‘It is very obvious Mr. Bannon worked with Mr. Wolff in this particular book. The president has been very clear on his thoughts, issued a four-paragraph statement about Mr. Bannon. Zero ambiguity in those statements.’
Gidley referred to “Fire and Fury” as “false” and “fake,” saying Bannon:
‘is not in it for the country but instead in it for himself. And those statements still stand.’
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