Who is crazy Bannon or Trump

Trump declares his ex-chief strategist crazy

Washington. He made the far-right ideologist Steve Bannon his chief strategist in the White House - but now US President Donald Trump has declared his former ally to be insane. A President's statement released on Wednesday said Bannon was mad. The reason for the sharp attack is an explosive book that will be published next week. In it, Bannon Trump's son, Donald Trump Junior, accuses treason and unpatriotic behavior in connection with the Russia affair. “Steve Bannon has nothing to do with me or my presidency. When he was fired, he not only lost his job, but his mind as well, ”said Trump.

Bannon was signed up for Trump's election campaign in August 2016 and led the real estate billionaire to numerous voters from the ultra-nationalist camp. After quarreling with numerous Trump employees, he was forced to leave the White House in August 2017.

With the declaration, Trump reacted to explosive excerpts from a book by journalist Michael Wolff entitled "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House," which will be published on Tuesday. In it, Bannon accuses Trump Junior of “treason” because he met the Russian lawyer Natalia Weselnitskaya in June 2016 during the presidential election campaign. The conversation was about compromising material about Trump's rival Hillary Clinton.

The meeting in New York's Trump Tower, in which Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner and then campaign manager Paul Manafort also took part, was "unpatriotic" from Bannon's point of view. "The three leading people in the campaign thought it was a good idea to meet a foreign government on the 25th floor in the conference room of Trump Tower - without lawyers," the former chief strategist is quoted as saying. Even if this was not viewed as "treasonous" or "unpatriotic", the FBI should have been notified immediately in any case. The New York Times and the British newspaper The Guardian published excerpts from the book.

Trump is under pressure because of his election campaign team's alleged illegal contacts with Russia. Robert Mueller, a special investigator appointed by the Justice Department, is dealing with the affair. The investigation has already led to charges against Trump's temporary campaign manager Manafort. He is accused of money laundering in connection with his lobbying activities for pro-Russian forces in Ukraine. As announced on Wednesday, Manafort sued Mueller and the US Department of Justice. He accuses the ministry of giving the special investigator too many powers.

Meanwhile, Trump's attorneys have threatened Bannon with legal action in an injunction. His communication with Wolff would give rise to "numerous legal claims, including damage to reputation through defamation and insult," the US news broadcaster CNN quoted on Thursday as Trump's lawyer Charles Harder. Bannon also violated a written confidentiality agreement. Agencies / nd

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