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Steve Bannon steps down as executive chairman of Breitbart News

20 Enero 2018
Steve Bannon steps down as executive chairman of Breitbart News

The book includes extensive quotes from Steve Bannon, Trump's former chief strategist, who accuses Trump's eldest son Don Jr. of "treasonous" contacts with a Kremlin-connected lawyer, and says the president's daughter Ivanka, who imagines herself running for president one day, is "dumb as a brick".

Michael Wolff, author of "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House", defended his book's account of the purported chaos inside President Donald Trump's administration during an CNN interview Monday.

Bannon has been abandoned by financial patrons, condemned by erstwhile political allies and ridiculed by Trump himself over his comments, which he has not denied making but has since tried to walk back.

In a statement, Bannon commended his team, saying, "I'm proud of what the Breitbart team has accomplished in so short a period of time in building out a world-class news platform".

Breitbart CEO Larry Solov said, "Steve is a valued part of our legacy, and we will always be grateful for his contributions and what he has helped us to accomplish".

Executive chairman of Breitbart News and former White House chief strategist, Steve Bannon, is leaving his job at the conservative-leaning website.

In the book's prologue, as noted by Business Insider, Wolff writes: "Many of the accounts of what has happened in the Trump White House are in conflict with one another; many, in Trumpian fashion, are boldly untrue".

In "Fire and Fury" Bannon faulted Donald Jr., former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and Trump's adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner for taking the meeting with the Russians during the presidential campaign and not reporting it to the FBI.

The president's defenders, in perpetual pursuit of the bright side, argue for the value of unpredictability in political leadership - which is true enough.

"In this case he's aiming at inside the White House and inside the president's inner circle. and by castigating the president for a lack of intelligence, lack of focus and lack of seriousness of purpose". But it's up to the reader to decide.

It has been publicly denounced by the White House, and Mr Trump's lawyer threatened legal action to block its release. That is difficult to diagnose from afar.

"Plainly, we have a seriously flawed human being in the Oval Office", said Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee speaking Sunday on CNN's State of the Union.

"I did a quick interview with this guy a long time ago, having to do with an article, but I don't know this man", Trump said. NPR media correspondent David Folkenflik has been covering the Bannon rollercoaster for years from his days at Breitbart to the White House and now perhaps to the dog house.

A group of mental health professionals, describing themselves as a "national coalition", issued a statement calling on lawmakers to "restrain" the president.

Steve Bannon was a "bad hire", fellow former White House staffer Anthony Scaramucci said Tuesday.

"We believe that he is now further unraveling in ways that contribute to his belligerent nuclear threats", the statement said. Contrast this to Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel, who has treated Trump like an adult with arguments and criticism.

The champion of conservative talk radio is Rush Limbaugh. Trump has blasted the book as inaccurate.

"What, after all, was he without them?"

Mr Trump also avoided being in the same room as Ms Mercer, according to Fire And Fury. You've seen Trump's approval scores go down and down, and it's sort of to a hardened, smaller base that seems to be still supportive of him. I think in some ways, he's a manifestation rather than a cause of those divisions.