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Steve Bannon backpedals from Fire and Fury comments

19 Enero 2018
Steve Bannon backpedals from Fire and Fury comments

WASHINGTON - Steve Bannon has stepped down as executive chairman of Breitbart News, the right-wing news website said on Tuesday, after the former White House chief strategist drew fire from President Donald Trump for harshly criticizing his eldest son.

Trump's administration doesn't need their Fearless Leader's bumbling interference, they would get a lot more accomplished if the stable genius spent all of his day in his bed, tweeting and snacking on cheese balls.

Michael Wolff, who was granted unusually wide access to the White House during much of President Trump's first year, has said in promoting his book that Trump is unfit for the presidency.

Wolff's book quotes Bannon as saying the 2016 meeting between Trump campaign officials, including Trump Jr. and Manafort, and a Russian lawyer purportedly offering damaging information about Hillary Clinton, was "treasonous".

"These are from people who just have not accepted the fact that President Trump is the United States president and I'm sorry for them in that", Pompeo, who gives Trump his regular intelligence briefings, said on "Fox News Sunday".

Chief policy adviser Stephen Miller, in a combative appearance Sunday on CNN, described the book as "nothing but a pile of trash through and through". Today Breitbart is known as the platform for the alt-right.

Bannon said the comments in the book were not accurate.

While Mr Mercer earned the fortune, Wolff handed the purse strings for political activism to his daughter, who is the true hard-line conservative.

Wolff says Mr Trump "sold his losing campaign" to the Mercers in August 2016, when they offered to inject $5 million ($A6.4 million) to turn his dire poll numbers around.

Reagan, a Republican who was the president from 1981-1989, was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 1994 and died in 2004.

A senior White House staffer said in the book that Ms Mercer was "nuts ... full-fledged - like, whoa, ideologically there is no conversation with her".

"Fire and Fury" was published Friday, days early by popular demand and despite Trump's attorneys sending the publishers a cease and desist letter. "If he earns a thousand times more than a schoolteacher, then he's a thousand times more valuable".

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders maintained last week, however, that Mr Trump's relationship with the Mercer family was "good".

"The core constituency for Breitbart is what you would call the Trump Deplorables", one source told The Post.

"Trump's victory had, in some sense, handed the Mercers the tool with which to destroy him", Wolff writes.

He supported Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore in his primary fight against incumbent Luther Strange, who was backed by Trump and mainstream Republicans.