Former White House strategist Steve Bannon thought that Donald Trump Jr’s meeting with a Russian lawyer was “treasonous.” Or at least that’s what author Michael Wolff alleges that Bannon said. After the report surfaced, President Trump unloaded on his former campaign manager: “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.” After the news, Steve Bannon lost the support of billionaire backer Rebekah Mercer.
Bannon made headlines after he was quoted in the book criticizing Trump’s eldest son for a meeting in Trump Tower with a Russian lawyer who promised “dirt” on Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton‘s campaign.
“Even if you thought that this was not treasonous, or unpatriotic, or bad shit, and I happen to think it’s all of that, you should have called the FBI immediately,” Bannon said, according to the book.
President Trump responded to Bannon’s remarks in a statement on Wednesday, accusing his former adviser of losing his mind.
“Steve Bannon has nothing to do with me or my presidency,” Trump said. “When he was fired, he not only lost his job, he lost his mind.”