Bannon Apologizes for Role in Book Critical of White House

Wolff on Bannon statement 'This is not true'

In a series of tweets early Saturday, President Donald Trump slammed author Michael Wolff and described himself as "a very stable genius". "I had a situation where I was a very excellent student, came out and made billions and billions of dollars, became one of the top business people, went to television and for 10 years was a tremendous success, as you probably have heard, ran for President one time and won".

In the letter, Bannon apologizes to the president's son Donald Trump Jr., says that Trump is the only candidate that could have defeated the "Clinton apparatus" and claims that comments made in the book were not aimed at Trump Jr., but rather at Paul Manafort.

Trump conceded that he participated in what he called a "quick interview" with the author "a long time ago" for an article.

While the president's surrogates were busy on the airwaves providing him cover, the man at the center of the frenzy Washington finds itself in, former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, issued an apology for his part in the controversy.

The book has set off a feud between Trump and his former top strategist, Breitbart News chairman Steve Bannon, who looks like a major source for Fire and Fury.

"(A) ccording to people familiar with their thinking, the revelations about Bannon validated Kushner and Ivanka, who had, for months, seen Trump's former adviser as enemy No.1 - someone who constantly undermined them and leaked negative information about them to the press.

Trump tweeted on Sunday that the instant bestseller-which paints him as disengaged and unstable, with signs of serious memory loss-was a "Fake Book, written by a totally discredited author".


Uproar over the book has dominated news coverage for days, putting the White House on the defensive just as Trump and his advisers sought to plan and bring attention to their policy goals for 2018 ahead of a November congressional election.

Bannon and his allies drafted a statement Wednesday praising Trump and his son, Donald Trump Jr., after excerpts of Wolff's explosive exposé quoted Bannon calling Trump's eldest son "treasonous" and "unpatriotic", a Bannon ally told CNN.

He said his journey from "Very successful businessman", to reality TV star to president on his first try "would qualify as not smart, but genius. and a very stable genius at that!"

In an August appearance on CNN's "State of the Union", Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., said he and his colleagues had grown increasingly concerned about Trump's mental health. "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 Federal Bureau of Investigation immediately". "He should have known they are duplicitous, cunning and not our friends", he said. Now Sloppy Steve has been dumped like a dog by nearly everyone.

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"Oh, my God! He has no clothes!"

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"The story that I have told seems to present this presidency in such a way that it say he can't do his job".

When Mr Trump addressed reporters later, the Ivy League graduate was ready for the question. "I have no reason to question his mental fitness".

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