The left-leaning UK publication, The Guardian, released a bombshell quote from President Trump’s former Chief Strategist Steve Bannon earlier today, from a new book by Michael Wolff called “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House”. Considering that the inflammatory comments made by Breitbart’s executive chairman, about President Trump’s inner circle, was the biggest news story of the day, it’s odd that no statement has been made by Steve Bannon, or by the Breitbart publication, to either confirm or deny the authenticity of the quotes made by Wolff in his new book.
Here is an excerpt from Wolff’s book that was printed in the Guardian and republished by Breitbart in an article titled:
Book: Steve Bannon Calls Kushner, Manafort, Don Jr. Trump Tower Meeting with Russians ‘Treasonous’
[Bannon] is particularly scathing about a June 2016 meeting involving Trump’s son Donald Jr, son-in-law Jared Kushner, then campaign chairman Paul Manafort and Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya at Trump Tower in New York. A trusted intermediary had promised documents that would “incriminate” rival Hillary Clinton but 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 meeting was revealed by the New York Times in July last year, prompting Trump Jr to say no consequential material was produced. Soon after, Wolff writes, 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.”
Bannon went on, Wolff writes, to say that 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”. Any information, he said, could then be “dump[ed] … down to Breitbart or something like that, or maybe some other more legitimate publication”.
Bannon added: “You never see it, you never know it, because you don’t need to … But that’s the brain trust that they had.”
Shortly after the article above was published, another article was published by Breitbart that neglected to mention if Steve Bannon either confirmed or denied the quotes by author Michael Wolff.
Donald Trump Furious: Steve Bannon ‘Not Only Lost His Job, He Lost His Mind’
President Donald Trump responded personally to his former chief strategist Steve Bannon’s comments about his family members Jared Kushner and Donald Trump Jr.
The statement was released to reporters by press secretary Sarah Sanders prior to the White House press briefing.
Trump’s full statement read:
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 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.
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.
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.
We have many great Republican members of Congress and candidates who are very supportive of the Make America Great Again agenda. Like me, they love the United States of America and are helping to finally take our country back and build it up, rather than simply seeking to burn it all down.
After leaving the White House, Bannon returned to Breitbart News as chairman and the host of the radio show Breitbart News Daily on Sirius/XM Patriot.
Donald Trump Jr. also weighed in on the comments made by Bannon, that were specifically targeted at him:
Steve had the honor of working in the White House & serving the country. Unfortunately, he squandered that privilege & turned that opportunity into a nightmare of backstabbing, harassing, leaking, lying & undermining the President. Steve is not a strategist, he is an opportunist
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) January 3, 2018
It appears that the Breitbart publication still has no plans to either confirm nor deny the quotes attributed to Editor in Chief Steve Bannon.
The most recent article by Breitbart, that is taken from Axios, appears to jab President Trump, suggesting he has abandoned his “America First” promise and replaced it with an “Economy First” or “Globalist” agenda for 2020:
Report: Bannon-Breitbart ‘America First’ Agenda Battles ‘Economy First’ Globalists in Trump 2020 Strategy on Trade, the Wall
As President Trump considers his 2020 re-election strategy, the “America First” agenda championed by former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon is in conflict with the “Economy First” agenda supported by most of Trump’s current White House advisers on trade policy and the importance (or lack thereof) of the promised border wall, Mike Allen reports in Axios.
In conversations at Mar-a-Lago and back in Washington, friends and advisers have begun giving President Trump advice about how to win reelection in 2020.
Why it matters: Trump is getting conflicting advice. The Bannon purists want America First, and most of his friends want Economy First. So far, he’s governed like a fairly conventional Republican, so the Economy First camp is winning. The next month — with pending decisions on immigration and trade wars — will show whether he reverts to his campaign norm in action, not just words.
What to watch: The Bannon-Breitbart-Stephen Miller wing believes Trump has to deliver on building a wall, curtailing immigration and cracking down on China. Moderating forces like Gary Cohn, Steven Mnuchin, James Mattis and Rex Tillerson are counseling against moves that could alienate allies and roil global markets. Watch for a hot war this next month in conservative media on this front.
It looks like for now, fans of the Breitbart publication, that was made so wildly popular by its founder, Andrew Breitbart, will just have to sit back and wait for the man tasked with keeping Andrew Breitbart’s phenomenal legacy alive, to address what he did, or did not say, about Trump’s “three senior guys, ” including his son, Donald Jr., and his son-in-law Jared Kushner. Until that time, we’ll just have to sit back and watch Breitbart republish what other publications have to say on the topic. Stay tuned…