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DC Daily: Trump slams 'Sloppy Steve' Bannon as 'Fire and Fury' book releases

Posted: 8:10 AM, Jan 05, 2018
Updated: 2018-01-05 16:10:46Z

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Trump slams "Sloppy Steve" Bannon as controversial book releases
-- President Trump went on the offensive Friday as a new book with bombshell revelations about his presidential campaign and administration was released.

This week, excerpts from Michael Wolff's "Fire and Fury" highlighted the inner workings of Team Trump and the first months of the Trump White House, but the passages also included potentially damaging statements made by several people with knowledge of the administration – specifically former chief strategist Steve Bannon.

Bannon lobbed various critical jabs at Trump and his staff and called the infamous 2016 Trump Tower meeting "treasonous."

Trump responded by having his lawyers serve cease-and-desist letters to Bannon and Wolff's publisher. However, the publisher responded by releasing the book four days early.

On Friday morning, Trump blasted Wolff and Bannon on Twitter:

The president later tweeted:

In regards to Bannon's comments in the book, former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said in an interview , "While he may continue to say he's a supporter of the President and his agenda, what we didn't hear is a denial. And that is what, as a PR person, troubles me. I mean, the first thing that you do when you're attacked with a falsehood is not only deny it but go out and really make a case for it."

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Book: Trump insisted on false story about Trump Tower meeting
-- According to Michael Wolff's "Fire and Fury" book, President Trump insisted that a 2016 meeting in Trump Tower was about adoption policy -- after knowledge of the meeting had become public -- despite the likelihood reporters already had evidence demonstrating the meeting had been arranged to obtain dirt on Hillary Clinton.

CNN obtained a copy of the book, and in one section, Wolff writes that Trump insisted on an incorrect narrative of what happened in a June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower in New York that Donald Trump Jr., Bannon and Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, had with a Russian lawyer and several others.

Wolff writes, "The President insisted that the meeting in Trump Tower was purely and simply about Russian adoption policy. That's what was discussed, period. Period. Even though it was likely, if not certain, that the Times had the incriminating email chain -- in fact, it was quite possible that Jared and Ivanka and the lawyers knew the Times had this email chain -- the president ordered that no one should let on to the more problematic discussion about Hillary Clinton."

CNN has not independently confirmed Wolff's assertions.

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Trump's morning tweet(s)
-- President Trump addressed the Dow Jones surge on his timeline Friday morning:


CNN contributed to this report