US& CANADA: POLITICS – Trump lashes ex-aide Bannon over new book

Flashback, Jan 22, 2017: New US President Donald Trump huddles with chief strategist Steve Bannon during a swearing in ceremony for senior staff at the White House. (Reuters photo)



WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump broke with his former close campaign aide and chief White House strategist Steve Bannon on Wednesday after the far-right populist lambasted the president’s son and son-in-law for a meeting with Russians he called treasonous.

“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,” Trump said in a statement. “Steve doesn’t represent my base..”

Trump said Bannon – who engineered the New York real estate mogul’s link to the nationalist far right and helped create a pro-Trump media ecosystem – was “only in it for himself.”

A new book by writer Michael Wolff offers a series of explosive revelations, including that Trump never expected to win the 2016 presidential race.

An adaptation of Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House published Wednesday in New York magazine says Trump believed his nomination would boost his brand and deliver “untold opportunities.”

An excerpt published by The Guardian says Bannon described a Trump Tower meeting between Donald Trump Jr and a group of Russians as “treasonous” and “unpatriotic.”

4 Jan 2018 at 01:45

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