The Rundown-Thurs 1/4/18: Bannon blow-up; Comedian Brad Williams!

Quick note: Comedian Brad Williams joins me in studio at 8:36 this morning! He's playing Thurs-Sat nights at Comedy Works South at the Landmark and I'll have tickets to give away.
https://www.bradwilliamscomedy.com/
https://comedyworks.com/comedians/brad-williams

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A new book by "journalist" Michael Wolff is full of quotes, many anonymous, which bash every single part of the Trump campaign, presidency and family, including plenty of stuff by former "chief strategist" Steve Bannon. One quote that's getting a lot of press involves Bannon saying that the meeting that Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner and Paul Manafort took with some Russians, calling it "treasonous" and "unpatriotic." 

President Trump pushed back hard and fast:

This is the full statement from President Donald Trump responding to Steve Bannon as quoted in the new book, "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House" by Michael Wolff.

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.

An excerpt from the book...Wow:

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2018/01/michael-wolff-fire-and-fury-book-donald-trump.html

Some other key stuff in the book: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-42559436

Publishing being sped up:

http://money.cnn.com/2018/01/03/media/michael-wolff-fire-and-fury-book-interviews/index.html

More from the author about how this all happened. Quite damning of the way this White House runs.

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/michael-wolff-my-insane-year-inside-trumps-white-house-1071504

Warning:

https://t.co/o9OzV7ltWm

And another reason to be skeptical:

https://twitter.com/GenePark/status/948609661938388993

https://twitter.com/KatyTurNBC/status/948701239407149056

THIS IS NOT SURPRISING AT ALL:

https://www.politico.com/story/2018/01/03/trump-bannon-conservative-media-322620?lo=ap_b1

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/white-house/trump-bannon-has-lost-his-mind-n834396

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2018/01/michael-wolff-fire-and-fury-book-donald-trump.html

Trump's full statement

https://www.politico.com/story/2018/01/03/full-statement-donald-trump-responds-to-steve-bannon-322279

One example of a reason to be quite skeptical of this book.

Even the liberal Katy Tur sees reasons to take this book with many grains of salt...

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