Breitbart should 'consider' firing Bannon — White House

06 Janvier, 2018, 01:44 | Auteur: Lynn Cook
  • President Donald Trump

According to your article, President Trump excommunicated his onetime chief strategist, Stephen Bannon, from his political circle, excoriating him, in your words, as "a self-promoting exaggerator". "And Jared/Trump speak to Murdoch all the time!" "Obviously, if he is disclosing state secrets that would be bad". The publisher, Henry Holt, responded by moving up the publication date of "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House", by journalist Michael Wolff, to Friday. Then Trump personally weighed in, arguing that he doesn't talk to Bannon any more, while Sanders weighed in again Thursday, saying the book is full of "ridiculous lies".

For one thing, it only added to the attention the book was getting, helping rocket it to No. 1 on Amazon in a single day. "Everything most in the company know about Steve Bannon's situation is coming from press accounts". Finally we have Mr. Trump disbanding the election fraud commission he had set up despite absolutely no evidence of fraud in the 2016 elections ("Trump Shutters His Commission on Voter Fraud"). How all-access was it?

The veracity of Wolff's writing has been called in to question many times in the past.

Instead of stopping the book's publication, the publisher decided to get it into readers' hands earlier.

Murdoch's high regard for his Boswell ended as soon as the book was finished.

A recent analysis, using concerns over the psychiatric status of Trump as its premise, deemed the rule to be outdated and undermining what some psychological scientists see as a "duty to inform".

Wolff appears to have juked the Trumpies with a similar move.

As the uproar surrounding the book's impending release continues to unfold, The Washington Post reported that Trump's lawyers have sent a scathing cease-and-desist letter to Bannon, first revealed on Twitter this morning by the Post's Carol Leonnig. Yes, the Wolff pieces were generous; they were not fawning. "This is just an absurdity and it's really trash, actually".

The claims in Wolff's book have been rejected by the White House and Trump allies, but they do not exist in isolation.

Experts say there are any number of reasons Trump would have a hard time prevailing in court. "We are concerned about his being in the office of the presidency". "Once someone becomes a government official he can't be bound by the agreement because Trump wasn't paying him". Harder was on the team that toppled Gawker Media. Claiming to acquire such a plethora of sensitive information as a White House regular considered "more a constant interloper than an invited guest" that had acquired "something like a semi-permanent seat on a couch in the West Wing", Wolff chronicles the daily dramas of Trump's world in his signature biting, quick-witted tone. But the fact that Trump got suckered by Wolff a decade after his frequent telephone companion Murdoch got suckered says even more.

Indeed, The Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday that Breitbart's board members were debating whether or not to oust Bannon, and on Thursday afternoon Rebekah Mercer, the conservative mega-donor who owns a stake in Breitbart, publicly rebuked Bannon in a rare public statement.

Trump's latest comments came after he slammed Bannon, accusing him of having "lost his mind" in a lengthy statement Wednesday after excerpts of a new book by author Michael Wolff quoted Bannon calling the President's eldest son's meeting with a Russian lawyer during the campaign "treasonous" and "unpatriotic".

Jack Shafer is Politico's senior media writer.

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