In a surprising move, Donald Trump has decided to denounce any ties with former aide Steve Bannon, claiming that he has “nothing to do with me or my presidency,” according to a statement from the President.
The statement comes after Bannon reportedly wrote in his book that the Trump Tower meeting with Russians during the Presidential campaign was “treasonous” and “unpatriotic,” according to a report from The Guardian.
“When he was fired, he not only lost his job, he lost his mind,” said President Trump. “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.”
The comments, however, take a different tone than that of the President just a few months ago when Bannon left his White House position.
“I want to thank Steve Bannon for his service. He came to the campaign during my run against Crooked Hillary Clinton – it was great! Thanks,” tweeted President Trump in August after Bannon’s departure.
Additionally, Trump states that Bannon is to blame for the loss of a Republican Senate seat in Alabama.
“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,” said President Trump.
Trump additionally accused Bannon of being one of the so-called “leaders” who has been giving information to the media.
“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,” said President Trump.
The Press Secretary for the White House, Sarah Sanders, also weighed in, stating that “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.”
This story is developing.
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