Steve Bannon turns against President Trump, calls him ‘treasonous’

There really are neither friends nor dependable allies in politics.

On August 7, 2017, Steve Bannon resigned as President Trump’s White House Chief Strategist and returned to Breitbart News as its executive chairman

At the time, Bannon’s departure was described as unacrimonious. While The New York Times, quoting two anonymous “administration officials,” alluded to infighting (“confrontation within” Trump’s “inner circle”) as the reason for the resignation (or dismissal) of “the embattled White House chief strategist who helped Mr. Trump win the 2016 election,” Bannon himself told author Joshua Green:

“If there’s any confusion out there, let me clear it up: I’m leaving the White House and going to war for Trump against his opponents — on Capitol Hill, in the media, and in corporate America.”

Five months after his departure, Bannon has done an about face.

Et tu, Bannon?

David Smith reports for The Guardian, Jan. 3, 2018, that according to “an explosive new book seen by the Guardian” — Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House — Bannon told Wolff that:

  • The Trump Tower meeting between Trump’s oldest son Donald Trump Jr., son-in-law Jared Kushner, then campaign chairman Paul Manafort, and a group of Russians including lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya was “treasonous” and “unpatriotic”. A trusted intermediary had promised documents that would “incriminate” rival Hillary Clinton. Instead of alerting the FBI to a potential assault on American democracy by a foreign power, Trump Jr. replied in an email: “I love it.”
  • The investigation into Trump’s alleged collusion with the Kremlin will focus on money laundering.
  • “They’re going to crack Don Junior like an egg on national TV.”

On the Trump Tower meeting, Bannon remarked mockingly:

“The three senior guys in the campaign thought it was a good idea to meet with a foreign government inside Trump Tower in the conference room on the 25th floor – with no lawyers. They didn’t have any lawyers. 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.”

If any such meeting had to take place, it should have been set up “in a Holiday Inn in Manchester, New Hampshire, with your lawyers who meet with these people” so that any information could then be “dump[ed] … down to Breitbart or something like that, or maybe some other more legitimate publication. You never see it, you never know it, because you don’t need to … But that’s the brain trust that they had.”

Bannon maintained that Donald Trump must have known about the meeting: “The chance that Don Jr did not walk these jumos up to his father’s office on the twenty-sixth floor is zero.” That, of course, would mean that Bannon is also calling President Trump “treasonous” and “unpatriotic”.

It should be noted that:

  1. The FBI has thoroughly investigated the Trump Tower meeting and no evidence of wrongdoing was ever found, notwithstanding Bannon’s characterization of “treasonous” and “unpatriotic”.
  2. While calling Trump Jr.’s meeting with Russians to get dirt on Hillary Clinton “treasonous” and “unpatriotic,” Bannon manages to ignore:

President Trump’s reaction to Bannon’s betrayal was swift:

(1) He fired off a tweet, calling Bannon a self-aggrandizing political charlatan who has “lost his mind”.

(2) In a lengthy statement issued yesterday afternoon, Trump blamed Bannon for everything from leaks to the news media to the upset GOP loss in last month’s Senate race in Alabama, and cast Bannon as a disgruntled former staffer whose chief goal is to stir up trouble:

“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. Steve had very little to do with our historic victory, which was delivered by the forgotten men and women of this country. Steve pretends to be at war with the media, which he calls the opposition party, yet he spent his time at the White House leaking false information to the media to make himself seem far more important than he was. It is the only thing he does well. Steve was rarely in a one-on-one meeting with me and only pretends to have had influence to fool a few people with no access and no clue, whom he helped write phony books.”

(3) Trump’s lawyers sent a cease-and-desist letter to Bannon, saying he violated the employment agreement he had signed with the Trump Organization and likely defamed the president. Bannon is ordered to stop communicating confidential and/or disparaging information, and preserve all records in preparation for “imminent” legal action. The letter, from attorney Charles Harder, states:

“You have breached the Agreement by, among other things, communicating with author Michael Wolff about Mr. Trump, his family members, and the Company, disclosing Confidential Information to Mr. Wolff, and making disparaging statements and in some cases outright defamatory statements to Mr. Wolff about Mr. Trump, his family members, and the Company.”

Ivan Pentchoukov reports for The Epoch Times, Jan. 3, 2017, that “A large number of Breitbart News readers slammed the site’s executive chairman, Steve Bannon, on Wednesday as controversy swirled around critical comments Bannon made about President Donald Trump and his campaign team in a recently published book.” The brief article quoting The Guardian‘s report on Wolff’s book generated more than 12,000 comments in four hours as Breitbart readers weighed in.

Here’s a sample of Breitbart readers’ comments that are critical of Breitbart Executive Chairman Steve Bannon:

“I voted for Trump… I didn’t vote for Bannon. I’ll stick with Trump, thanks.”

“I’ve just about had enough of Bannon and his games. He’s a psychotic fool. I’m done with this site.”

“I kept telling people Bannon was on an ego trip a dangerous back stabber. Family never talks to strangers. Screw you Bannon.”

“Stupid move by Steve and he needs to walk back or he and Trump are done. CNN already has this as breaking news and you can bet other liberal outlets will beat this to death. Why Steve?”

“What a cowardly way to get revenge – Bannon had better speak out NOW.”

“I wonder what’s wrong with Bannon? I used to admire the dude, but if this is true, no more.”

At a minimum, Steve Bannon calling Trump Jr. — and by implication President Trump himself — “treasonous” and “unpatriotic” can benefit only Democrats, RINOs and “never Trumpers”. So much for Bannon’s vow last August that in leaving the White House, he will be “going to war for Trump against his opponents”.

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UPDATE:

Michael Wolff

(1) Trump’s lawyers are seeking to block Michael Wolff’s book, Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, from being published next week. Attorney Charles Harder sent a cease-and-desist letter to Wolff and his publisher Henry Holt and Co., demanding that they “immediately cease and desist from any further publication, release or dissemination of the book” or excerpts and summaries of its contents, and​ to inform them that they are looking at possible libel charges in connection to the book. (New York Post)

(2) Author Michael Wolff is known for inventing and changing quotes. (InfoWars)

(3) Rush Limbaugh said this morning that:

  • He’s heard from “unassailable sources” that when Steven Bannon was in the White House, he leaked information to the media — which confirms what President Trump said in his statement (see above).
  • Some of what Wolff wrote about certain people contradicts what Limbaugh knows, e.g., that Bannon was allied with the late Roger Ailes.

(4) Today, Drudge Report tweeted a picture of Bannon smiling with his new “billionaire benefactor, Miles Kwok, aka Guo Wen Gui”. Reportedly, Bannon’s former patron, billionaire Rebekah Mercer, has withdrawn her financial support of Breitbart News because of the recent string of damaging reports about Bannon.

Update (Jan. 8, 2018):

Author of Trump-bashing ‘Fire & Fury’ admits many accounts in book are untrue

Yesterday, in a statement to Axios, Steve Bannon expressed “regret” for calling Trump Jr. “unpatriotic,” and professed his “unwavering” support for President Trump. (New York Post)

~Eowyn

52 responses to “Steve Bannon turns against President Trump, calls him ‘treasonous’

  1. Dinesh D’Souza:
    “Wouldn’t it be funny if Trump & Bannon cooked this one up together as a decoy for some bombshell policy initiative?”

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  2. The trouble with this entire story is that every alleged quote comes from a hard left source. It all sounds terrible. When Breitbart republished an article that was originally on Politico, I was miffed. The article stated that the Trump white house lawyers were gearing up to go against whatever Mike Flynn would tell Mueller, and I know Mike Flynn strongly supports this president. That was my first clue that something wasn’t good. Not only that, but the articles on Breitbart are not the investigative reporting they used to be, they’re not leading anymore.

    So, did Bannon really utter the words Wolff is saying in his book? Did he really say Don Jr.’s actions in speaking to the Russian woman were “treasonous?” If all this is true, it sounds as though Bannon has lost his mind.

    Remember too who came out and reported all this, it was Breitbart competitor Drudge, and Drudge has not exactly been a strong supporter of Trump.

    Had Bannon gone on Fox News programs last night, and denied these inflammatory remarks, said it was fake news, it would have cleared him. Unfortunately, he didn’t…which makes us think it’s true.

    Here’s what he said last night:
    Bannon responded to that statement on Breitbart News’ SiriusXM show on Wednesday, telling a listener who called in, “The president of the United States is a great man. You know I support him, day in and day out, whether going through the country giving the Trump miracle speech or on the show or on the website.”

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    • Yeah, when I saw what Drudge did yesterday I was confused. Seems like a bit of crowing, lying, and a PR stunt on Bannon’s part.

      I was fighting a cold yesterday and was kind of glad to be off the Internet for most of the day. This kind of stuff will drive you crazy.

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  3. Here’s a theory much like the one expressed by Maryaha.

    “What is the other hand doing?”

    There are YUGE things going on, and a simultaneous news blackout. Could this be a way to lock the tawdry MSM onto a juicy anti Trump morsel, so they stay off other things (like stepped up GITMO activities, for instance)?

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    • TD, exactly! The MSM is eating this up. They detest both President Trump and Bannon, and they are licking their chops over this one. Word has it that CNN even paused their coverage of the white box truck blocking their view of Trump playing golf to cover this kerfuffle. 😁

      It’s also interesting that our President has been talking about giving awards to the MSM for their fake news stories this week.

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    • Exactly, March starts the primaries in Texas, very important, and the Deep State is being clobbered, but this is the distraction.

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  4. How long before we eradicate fake news this is getting old.

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  5. I read an opinion piece the other day, that thought Bannon was behind the Weinstein outing…My gut felt that too…hmmmm

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  6. I’m not buying that Bannon said this from a second-hand source known for misquotes, and redouble my suspicion of this journalist’s credibility from his name alone. Not only known for spinning the truth, but named Wolff? Really?

    Just look at the supposed statement Bannon makes: “… down to Breitbart or something like that, or maybe some other more legitimate publication.”
    ?
    Really? You expect me to believe Bannon inferring that his own news site is less legit than someplace else? The statements about Donald Jr. are out-of-character (Especially since Hillary HAS had incriminating ties to Russia!). But the statement regarding Breitbart is just beyond credibility. Clearly, that part was written by Wolff. What difference does the location and quality of the meeting place have ANYTHING to do with legality? A sad paragraph all around.

    Bannon doesn’t need to deny anything considering these excerpts. But in our climate, I fear trust is probably best reserved for Jesus the true Messiah, and nobody else. I’m taking his warning to heart to be as shrewd as possible. The political games are boiling hot right now, and the lies thicken as they’re stirred.

    Off-topic, but the post I made for this isn’t showing. Interesting and often CENSURED info regarding the means of the WTC destruction. I bring it up because Infowars (I don’t trust them, but they’re reporting at least 50% true stories) claims Trump considered release previously classified tech to the public. There’s also the forest fires in California that indicate something strange is happening. It’s worth the Minds consideration.

    http://drjudywood.com/

    But to be honest, I don’t frankly trust Trump anymore. His actions and administrative appointments have been controversial in the extreme, sometimes downright perplexing. I firmly believe all is very much not well in the administration. Rush Limbaugh is quite right, a silent coup could likely be underway. All signs point to it. That, or, God protect us, we have been lied to by a man who says one thing but does another. Again.

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  7. Kevin J Lankford

    Gotta wonder if the ‘book’ is for real. There never was any thing wrong with Trump’s son and son-in-law meeting with [A]ny one with the prospect of retrieving criminal or treasonous information on an opponent of any sort.

    It all fits too conveniently with the theoretical theory of distraction already attributed to Trump and his “draining the swamp”. It is certainly creating chaos in the media,….and with every one else.

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  8. This does sound more and more like a psy-op.

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  9. Have any of you been watching the QAnon videos? I think something big may be on the horizon, at least I hope so. The media blabbers are going insane, as usual, making nasty comments about Bannon’s appearance, his hair, his weight, his looking like a drunk, etc. What do his looks have to do with the issue? We know Bannon has been the strongest supporter of Trump and his agenda, so I’ll leave it at that .. another pile of leftist BS.

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  11. I am beginning to think that what we think it is, it isn’t.

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  12. I haven’t been able to locate QAnon’s true twitter account, as I usually avoid social media like the plague it is. And I always felt something was especially off about Twitter. Same with 4Chan, so following him/her/it is hard. Any links for this antisocial savvy soul?

    From what I HAVE gleaned from people who post about QAnon, January 4th, today that is, the 10th and 20th should be watched or marked down. It’s the 4th. Is the Bannon fiasco what was being referenced, or is something happening we don’t know about? Least we can do is watch I guess, and observe what’s allowed for us to see.

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  13. Scroll up to end of post for four Updates!

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  14. Searched for Miles Kwok and George Soros connection. Here’s the first article I came…

    Corrupt Chinese National and Soros Colleague Miles Kwok Holds Private Meeting at DC Press Club

    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2017/10/corrupt-chinese-national-soros-colleague-miles-kwok-holds-private-meeting-dc-press-club/

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  15. Guys, gals, this is so much I sometimes think it is not real or just that evil
    forces are working behind the scenes.

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  16. Scary. So Bannon is now connected to Soros. Trust no one indeed, if this proves true. Looks like QAnon was right…

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  17. I am absolutely stupefied by this latest development! And here I thought that Bannon was merely “misunderstood.”
    Forget about Wolff-man: We need to know whom all of Bannon’s allies are, and if he is, as Alex Jones opined today (along with Roger Stone), “a Democratic operative.”
    And FORGET about Rush Limbaugh: He is a Bushbot to the core whose only allegiance (other than the Bush-RINO Camp) is to himself.
    But in addition to Bannon the Loose Cannon, President Trump had better keep an eye on his son-in-law.
    Wow. Just Bombshell.

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    • If I had to guess (and I do), Bannon is a drunk. Besides that, he has some rather questionable acquaintances, all of which have tons of ill-begotten loot. I don’t think Bannon would be my choice for trustworthiness.

      Without Trump-bashing, he really seems to have trouble with character judgment. Sessions being another case in point, as well as Jared “the Chabad” agent.

      I will concede he’s doing better than if Clinton were there, but then Satan himself would do a better job than Clinton. Trump is swimming in invested waters. Anywhere he turns there’s another swamp creature.

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    • PS: Miles Kwok seems to be Bannon’s latest love. He’s a billionaire too.

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  18. stevenbroiles, I like all you have written above, indeed kinda picked my brain. I like to watch people, this Wolff-man’s mannerisms, that neatness about himself makes me think something obscure and mean may be hiding beneath that near perfect composure, could that something be Bannon “the Loose Cannon”? I don’t understand how he and President Trump have come to be “associates” -their characters don’t fit together. Bannon will trade his soul to the biggest bidder, more of it to surface soon. As for his son in law, he’s playing his “trump” card from behind. The young fellow is sleek and smart, learning the ropes and carving a name for himself, and HIMSELF ONLY, the President is just a piece in the chess game until the right move.

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  19. It’s very obvious that Bannon is a major ALCOHOLIC. You only need look at his huge red blotches and “spiders” around his nose and face.

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  20. I kinda always expected Trump to betray us. I mean, he was a life long NYC dem spouting the party line, partied with bill and hill, flew on lolita express, etc etc, and now tries to pretend he’s a patriotic conservative American.

    Meanwhile he has filled this treasury with gold sacks veterans ie the vampire squid, filled his chiefs of staff with honest to god cfr members like HR Mcmaster, who is a islam apologist extraordinaire, still no wall. killary, Holder, 0bama, Jarret, Rice, all still walking around freely.

    Dow over 25k and ready to pop, nothing that went wrong in 2007 has been repaired, matter of fact, debt has grown exponentially when everyone knows debt is bad. Oh, the banksters will make out next time just like they did last time, however this time the bailins will take place rather than bailouts. Bailouts are where the too big to fails; banks, car makers, insurance companies, etc, get tax dollars to loan back to you at interest. Now they’ve changed the rules and instead of bothering congress to pass a bailout when they lose their money gambling, they will help themselves to your bank accts directly, saving much time and hassle.

    It amazes me when Trump does something like the Jerusalem embassy, tax reductions, etc, but even W passed anti abortion legislation when the Bush clan is generational satanist. I presume Trump just doesn’t like to be told what to do by his nwo handlers and sometimes gets something done in our favor. That being said, I expect his military and intel leadership to betray him (and us) and allow enemies to strike us so they can implement martial law.

    I’d like to be wrong.

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  21. There goes the book sales… 😂

    Breaking: Wikileaks Downloads Entire “Fire and Fury” Anti-Trump Book Online!

    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2018/01/breaking-wikileaks-downloads-entire-fire-fury-anti-trump-book-online/

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  22. Yesterday, in a statement to Axios, Steve Bannon expressed “regret” for calling Trump Jr. “unpatriotic,” and professed his “unwavering” support for President Trump.

    https://nypost.com/2018/01/07/bannon-apologizes-for-comments-about-trump-family-in-bombshell-book/

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  24. truly as the one letter writer ending support of Breitbard wrote, “he’s a psychotic fool”. I can’t see the late Andrew Breitbart condoning such vindictive behaviour”

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