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Trump slams Bannon: "....he lost his mind’

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Trump slams Bannon: ‘When he was fired, he not only lost his job, he lost his mind’


President Donald Trump unleashed on his former chief strategist and campaign chairman Wednesday, issuing a long and unusual statement questioning Stephen K. Bannon’s mental stability, honesty and political influence.


“Stephen K. Bannon has nothing to do with me or my Presidency. When he was fired, he not only lost his job, he lost his mind. Steve was a staffer who worked for me after I had already won the nomination by defeating seventeen candidates, often described as the most talented field ever assembled in the Republican party.”


Trump continued, “Now that he is on his own, Steve is learning that winning isn’t as easy as I make it look. Steve had very little to do with our historic victory, which was delivered by the forgotten men and women of this country. Yet Steve had everything to do with the loss of a Senate seat in Alabama held for more than thirty years by Republicans. Steve doesn’t represent my base — he’s only in it for himself.”


The statement from Trump came after Bannon criticized Trump and his family in recent interviews, mocking the president’s intellect, criticizing the operations of the White House and torching Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner and Donald Trump Jr. His most recent comments — published in excerpts from a book by journalist Michael Wolff published online Wednesday — came two weeks after a Bannon profile in Vanity Fair that infuriated the president and his senior aides.


The move is likely to hearten congressional Republicans and Trump’s advisers, who have wanted the president to distance himself from Bannon. But it remains unclear if Trump will kick Bannon out forever; he often likes to cast characters out — and bring them back in — like a reality show, frequently maintaining contact with those he has fired. 


For months, Trump’s top aides — from lawyer Ty Cobb to senior adviser Jared Kushner to communications director Hope Hicks to friends like Chris Ruddy and Gov. Chris Christie — have tried to convince him to cut ties with former chief strategist Stephen K. Bannon.


Trump was infuriated at Bannon’s comments, even telling senior aides and advisers that Bannon was “not well,” according to a person who spoke with Trump Wednesday morning. He complained that Bannon again was trying to take credit for his election win. He huddled with Hicks and press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders to unleash a fiery statement after calling friends for much of the morning. 


Trump aides called people close to Bannon Wednesday morning and told them the White House was displeased with the former chief strategist, according to people familiar with the conversation.


Advisers have also tried to tell Trump that Bannon is not responsible for his win, that Bannon leaks damaging information to the news media, that he says things about the president that are not true and that Bannon is more interested in Bannon than Trump. He has few close allies inside the White House. For example, Stephen Miller, the hard-line immigration guru, has distanced himself from Bannon, even though he was also spotted at the Breitbart embassy munching on desserts at a recent party. 


Trump slams Bannon: ‘When he was fired, he not only lost his job, he lost his mind’


LOL....far too funny.  Anyone remember when one clown claimed the meeting at trump Tower was about "adoptions"?

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