Trump left 'furious,' 'disgusted' by Bannon over new book

Trump left 'furious,' 'disgusted' by Bannon over new book

Trump left 'furious,' 'disgusted' by Bannon over new book

Fox News host Tucker Carlson was offered the position of White House Press Secretary and turned it down, according to Michael Wolff's book "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House".

In the book, Bannon was quoted as describing a June 2016 meeting with a group of Russians at Trump Tower in NY as "treasonous" and "unpatriotic". Nor did he say anything about the cease and desist letter.

Trump blasted back at Bannon in a statement, saying he had "lost his mind" and was only ever involved with the campaign for his own personal benefit.

Trump appears to have been most upset by the betrayal of Bannon - the man who engineered the NY real estate mogul's link to the nationalist far right and helped create a pro-Trump media ecosystem.

On Thursday, the White House said no personal devices, including cellphones, would be allowed in the West Wing beginning next week for security purposes.

Trump, up until Wednesday, had been complimentary of Bannon, saying in October that the two "have a very good relationship" and had been friends for "a long time".

It is unclear whether that would extend to Breitbart News, where Bannon is chairman and has turned the right-wing news outlet into a conservative media juggernaut. He then gave Bannon a strategic role in the White House, where he became a divisive figure before being fired in August.

Of course this only happened after Mr. Bannon made disparaging remarks about Mr. Trump and his family members who worked on the campaign.

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The book also contained allegations that former United Kingdom prime minister Tony Blair warned Mr Trump British agents may have spied on him during the 2016 election.

Bannon was preparing to launch a nonprofit organization created to help give Trump's brand of conservatism populism a permanent base. It was not clear if the split would push Bannon to be even more aggressive in his ongoing campaign against the Republican Party establishment, whether he would now target Trump or would emerge much weaker.

"He called me a great man last night so he obviously changed his tune pretty quick", Mr Trump said afterwards.

The story that triggered the Trump-Bannon split was an offshoot of the investigation into whether Trump campaign aides colluded with Russian Federation to sway the election to Trump, allegations Trump and Moscow deny.

Don Junior took a meeting with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya in June 2016 after an intermediary promised material that would incriminate Trump's Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.

It says Trump Jr. told a friend that his father looked as if he'd seen a ghost when it became clear he might win.

In the book, Bannon also said he believed the investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow will focus on money laundering.

The book, Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, by journalist Michael Wolff, set off a political firestorm with a portrayal of Mr Trump not wanting to win the 2016 election and being unprepared for the job.

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