Read President Trump’s Official Statement About Steve Bannon

President Donald Trump

WASHINGTON — The White House on Wednesday released a 266-word statement from President Donald Trump slamming former chief strategist Steve Bannon after excerpts adapted from a new book quoted Bannon as calling the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting “treasonous.” Read Trump’s statement:

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. 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.

Now that he is on his own, Steve is learning that winning isn’t as easy as I make it look. 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.

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. It is the only thing he does well. Steve was rarely in a one-on-one meeting with me and only pretends to have had influence to fool a few people with no access and no clue, whom he helped write phony books.

We have many great Republican members of Congress and candidates who are very supportive of the Make America Great Again agenda. Like me, they love the United States of America and are helping to finally take our country back and build it up, rather than simply seeking to burn it all down.

Trump’s fiery statement marked the most significant rebuke by the President of his former chief strategist, who since leaving the White House has maintained an influential position as an informal adviser to Trump and a de-facto leader of the President’s populist movement.

“Now that he is on his own, Steve is learning that winning isn’t as easy as I make it look. Steve had very little to do with our historic victory, which was delivered by the forgotten men and women of this country,” Trump said.

Trump also accused Bannon, who has called the mainstream media the “opposition party,” of being too cozy with reporters and spending much of his time inside the White House leaking “false information.”

Once influential
Bannon only joined Trump’s campaign in an official capacity in August 2016. But the Breitbart News chairman became one of the most influential forces inside Trump’s hectic campaign during the most critical periods of Trump’s battle with Hillary Clinton for the presidency. He and Trump bonded over their shared instinct for bare-knuckle politics and similar outlook on the core issues of Trump’s campaign, such as trade and immigration.

In his six months inside the White House, Bannon was one of the President’s most influential advisers, leading the charge for Trump to keep some of the most far-reaching and radical campaign promises and reminding Trump of the expectations of his political base.

He was pushed out of the White House amid retired Gen. John Kelly’s house-cleaning upon taking over as chief of staff in the summer. But he retained an influential position as one of the coterie of informal advisers the President regularly speaks with by phone, often to the dismay of some of the President’s top advisers who have clashed with Bannon.

Even more powerful?
Bannon maintained that he could be even more powerful outside the White House and by some measures he has become a more influential figure. He has returned to helm the right-wing website, Breitbart, and is working to create an influential political network to back candidates who fit the nationalist-populist vision of conservative politics that Bannon and Trump have championed.

But as the 2018 midterms approach, Bannon’s access, influence and power are now all in question after his comments to journalist Michael Wolff in the forthcoming book “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House” hit perhaps too close to home for the President.

In excerpts published Wednesday by The Guardian, Bannon is quoted criticizing Kushner, Manafort and Trump Jr.’s decision to take a meeting with a Russian lawyer the President’s son believed would bring him incriminating information on Clinton from the Russian government.

“The three senior guys in the campaign thought it was a good idea to meet with a foreign government inside Trump Tower in the conference room on the 25th floor — with no lawyers. They didn’t have any lawyers,” Bannon told Wolff. “Even if you thought that this was not treasonous, or unpatriotic, or bad (s***), and I happen to think it’s all of that, you should have called the FBI immediately.”

Alabama race
Trump in his statement also needled Bannon over his failed gamble in the Alabama Senate race, saying that while Bannon had “very little to do with our historic victory … Steve had everything to do with the loss of a Senate seat in Alabama held for more than 30 years by Republicans.”

Bannon backed the eventual Republican Senate nominee Roy Moore in the GOP primary — while Trump initially backed the incumbent Sen. Luther Strange — and continued to campaign for Moore after the nominee was accused by multiple women of sexual assault and sexual misconduct with teenage girls.

While Bannon failed to get Trump on board with Moore during the primary, he did ultimately help convince Trump to back Moore during the general election contest — in spite of the allegations and the wave of Republicans rescinding their support for Moore.


  • Doug Earl

    There is an “all out war” against President Trump. In the beginning, I too wondered if he would be a good president. I didn’t/don’t like his constant Tweeting. If you listen to 99% of the news media, you come away with a negative impression of Trump and his administration. However, you need to look at the list of things that he has done in just one year in office you will see that not only is he a very effective leader, but loves America and is working hard to bring America back from the disastrous 8 years of Obama. The list of positive things he has done are irrefutable. I am looking forward to the next 7 years to see just how much better Trump can make America.

    • learn something. anything.

      I guess being able to write-off your private jet is vitally important to you. I guess adding trillions to the national debt, dismantling medicare and social security so that corporate billionaire welfare queens can save tens of millions more in taxes has great meaning to you. Clearly the dismantling of our only economic tool (TPP) to compete with China leaving them now with absolute trading power and us powerless pleases you. I guess that we have now become the laughing stock of the world gives you great pride. I guess the dismantling of our schools so that we have an even more ignorant electorate unable to critically analyze information makes you happy. I guess that the selling of our very Democracy to our enemy who works so hard to wipe us off the planet as well as even having the KGB in the Oval Office is vital to you. Finally, you do know of course, that unless you are very rich, he simply is disgusted by you. You are a pawn being used. Sad.

    • JessicaInWilliamsport

      No, there is not an “all out war” — pointing out and pursuing truth is not an act of negativity, unless of course you’re up to no good. He’s the same as he’s always been, always in it for himself and lying and maligning anyone and everyone who criticizes him. The people of NYC know him for what he is, as do all the business people he’s screwed over in all his years of pretending to be a successful businessman. He is dangerous, delusional and immature. The sooner his crap catches up with him and we reign him in or kick him out, the better off the entire world will be. You’re delusional if you think he’s going to make it through even the first 4 years. He really hasn’t made it through one since he’s been golfing for quite a bit on our dime (which goes into his pocket).

  • trucker

    God Bless Donald J. Trump for saving the republic. There are so many parallels between him and men such as Winston Churchill and Abe Lincoln it is amazing!

    • learn something. anything.

      As a trucker, I am going to guess you are not a billionaire. (Of course I could be wrong…). How is it you can support someone who literally despises you? You do know that trump finds people like you disgusting? Have you ever seen him (outside of a rally) even talking to “poor” (not multi-millionaire) people? Do you expect him to invite you to Mar-a-Lago soon to eat lobster and play golf (at taxpayer expense)? It is truly sad that you are so easily fooled into voting against your own best interests.

  • save the usa

    Save us from the toddler-in-chief as the walls come crumbling down around him. Impeach him now before he can do something completely irreparable.

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