WASHINGTON – President Trump supporters moved aggressively Sunday to counter the revelations in a new book that some of its closest advisers believe to be unstable and poorly equipped for the office, an assault that has provoked some of the most damning accusations , Stephen K. Bannon. a striking mea culpa
The multiform attack, punctuated by a heated appearance at a Sunday talk show by a senior White House advisor who was once a close ally of Mr. Bannon , was a sign of how the White House
The councilor, Stephen Miller, who had been lined up with Mr. Bannon by pushing the president's nationalist agenda, mocked him on Sunday as a blowhard of fame research and the book, "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House," By Michael Wolff, as a work of fiction.
Shortly after came a rare and long repentance statement from Mr. Bannon, who over the past week found himself isolated from his political allies and cut off from his financial patrons. Speaking five days after being quoted severely criticizing the President and his eldest son, a delay that he said he regretted, Mr. Bannon tried to completely reverse his statements, calling Donald Trump Jr. "both a patriot and a good man."
He is quoted in the book as calling the meeting of Mr. Trump younger with the Russians in 2016 "betrayal". But in Sunday's statement, first reported by Axios, he said his reference to "betrayal" not at the president's son, but at another campaign manager who attended the meeting of the Trump Tower, Paul Manafort
. Bannon is not known to question himself and regards excuses as signs of weakness. Nowhere in his Sunday statement did he say that he was really sorry. But the turn of events represented a stunning reversal of fortune for a man who operated with such autonomy in the White House that, as chief strategist, he reported only to the president himself
The president returned to the White House on Camp David Sunday where he had met Republicans. Congress leaders, cabinet members and senior officials set priorities for the year. After a first message on Twitter focused on political issues such as border security, the epidemic of opioids, the infrastructure and the status of undocumented youth, Mr Trump 's is attached to the offensive against the book and the media coverage.
"I had to support the Fake News from the very first day I announced that I would be running for president," he wrote on Twitter. "Now I have to put up with a fake book, written by a totally discredited author."
Mr. Bannon was the target of mockery by the president, who labeled him "Sloppy Steve" and said he played a much lesser role in the film. Mr. Trump's political rise that he is not credited with the merit. Even disillusioned, Mr. Bannon said that he remained a champion of the president's agenda
But Miller, the president's chief political advisor, severely criticized Mr. Bannon in a interview on CNN, calling his comments in the book "out of touch with reality", "vindictive" and "grotesque".
In a week that held an indignation after the other for Mr. Bannon, who imagined a revolutionary ready to shoot down the Republican Settlement, Mr. Miller's words may have to be cut deepest.
Mr. Miller became a Bannon protégé while Mr. Miller worked for Attorney General Jeff Sessions when Mr. Sessions was in the Senate. He became one of the leading right voices calling for tighter controls on legal and illegal immigration.
The two men shared not only a conservative nationalist view of politics but a desire for political provocation. Mr. Bannon and Mr. Trump were delighted and encouraged some of Mr. Miller's more infamous and combative episodes with the media, such as when he rebuked a CNN reporter for showing a "cosmopolitan bias" in his understanding of White House immigration positions.
Miller, however, bristles at the suggestion that it was a creation of Bannon, a perception that Mr. Bannon himself often encouraged
Mr. Bannon's allies understood that the White House maneuvers last week were an act of ruthless political warfare, as Mr. Bannon himself could have done during his time in the United States. Administration
. As Kellyanne Conway, who is close to Rebekah Mercer, the billionaire who issued a rare statement last week by disavowing Mr Bannon, sent the campaigners and donors a clear message: He is persona non grata in conservative politics. Ms. Mercer is partial owner of Breitbart News, the right website where Mr. Bannon is executive chairman but where his future is now uncertain.
On Sunday, it was Mr. Miller who had political power. influence. He felt that Mr. Bannon had played a similar role to Svengali in the presidential campaign and in the White House.
He said that Mr. Bannon's role had been "greatly exaggerated", even though CNN host Jake Tapper ticked off a long list of policies that he said that M Bannon had played a key role in the formulation.
In "Fire and Fury", Mr. Bannon said that Mr. Trump had "lost his business" Mr. Miller also tried Sunday to counter concerns about the president's mental state. Echoing the president's own words on Saturday, he described Trump as a "political genius" able to summarize entire paragraphs on the fly in response to news and then deliver them "flawlessly" to a campaign audience
The interview, as part of the "State of the Union" program, quickly gained momentum as Mr. Tapper accused Mr. Miller of being "Obsequious" and to address "the audience of one". Before his end, Mr. Tapper told Mr. Miller that he was wasting his time.
Tapper then turned to the camera, even as Mr. Miller was still speaking, and cut for an advertisement.
Shortly after, the president praised his help on Twitter, saying that Miller had "destroyed" Mr. Tapper in the interview
In addition to attacking Mr. Bannon, Mr. Miller strongly criticized Mr. Wolff and his book, saying that it "is best understood as a very poorly written fiction.
Wolff, appearing on NBC's "Meet the Press", stood by the accuracy of his book and contradicted the White House report on how often he had spoken to the president. Wolff had last spoken to the President in February, but Mr Wolff said that he had spoken to the President several times after that. In all, says Mr. Wolff, he spoke to the president for about three hours, which also included interviews during the campaign.
He said that Mr. Trump even initially flattered him about the project, and that he had told interviewees that "the President said that" 39 he liked this idea "of a book
Mr. Wolff also repeated a statement in the book that many in the White House had talked about the possible invocation of the 25th Amendment, a constitutional provision that allows the powers of a president to be transferred to the vice president when the vice president and a majority of the cabinet or body created by Congress concludes that the president is unable to. perform his duties.
"It's alarming in every respect," Wolff said, adding, "It's worse than everyone thought."
Appearing in Sunday talk shows, others in Mr. Trump's restricted circle dismissed these concerns.
Mike Pompeo, the CIA director, stated that he had no concerns about Mr. Trump's ability to receive and process the type of intelligence generally presented to presidents , and that Mr. Wolff's descriptions of Mr. Trump's mental state were "pure fantasy"
"I am with him almost every day," said Mr. Pompeo on "Fox." News Sunday. "We are talking about some of the most serious issues that America and the world are facing, complex problems. The president is engaged. He understands the complexity. He poses very difficult questions to our CIA team "
Senator Lindsey Graham, a Republican from South Carolina who briefly was a rival to Mr. Trump for the Republican nomination and, until recently, had been a frequent critic of the president, joined his supporters on Sunday.
"I enjoyed his company," he said on "Meet the Press". "He beat me like a dog, I said everything I know about him – I used all the adjectives on the planet." I lost him. won. "
" I do not think he's crazy, "Graham continued. "I think he's had a very good 2017. And I want to help him where I can, and we should all see him succeed, he has a lot on his plate."
With Republican control of the House and perhaps the Senate in jeopardy in 2018, Mr. Trump can not afford another year dominated by news of West Wing dysfunction
"The reality is that the people want the President to be able to live and be honest." "It's a parallel show," said Samnunberg, a formerTrump campaign coach who is now close toMBannon
Mr Nunberg added that the disavowal of his former strategist's chairman would mean little to voters. "The irony is that the president will have a rude awakening when many candidates for the mid-term respectfully decline his offer to campaign with them, "he said.