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The book has sparked a public rift between Mr Trump and his former strategist Steve Bannon, who is quoted as accusing Mr Trump's eldest son Donald Jr of "treasonous" behaviour in meeting a group of Russians. "He has been relentless in his advocacy for his father and the agenda that has helped turn our country around", Bannon said in a statement released on Sunday that was obtained by Fortune.

Wolff's book draws a derogatory portrait of Trump as an undisciplined man-child who didn't actually want to win the White House and who spends his evenings eating cheeseburgers in bed, watching television and talking on the telephone to old friends. Bannon exited the White House in 2017, when he returned to Breitbart News as executive chairman.

The former strategist's statement could be aimed at trying to secure his job at Breitbart, a platform he has used while backing anti-establishment candidates for election to Congress. "My support is also unwavering for the president and his agenda - as I have shown daily in my national radio broadcasts, on the pages of Breitbart News and in speeches and appearances from Tokyo and Hong Kong to Arizona and Alabama".

While the book suggests Mr Trump lacks intellectual curiosity, Mr Pompeo said: "The president is engaged, he understands the complexity, he asks really hard questions of our team at the Central Intelligence Agency". "That's the background to the perception and the understanding that will finally end ... this presidency".

In his statement on Sunday, first provided to Axios, Bannon praises both Trump Jr. and his father.

In the book, Bannon voiced astonishment over the meeting that Trump Jr, the president's son-in-law Jared Kushner, and Manafort attended at Trump Tower in NY with a Russian lawyer, who was said to be offering damaging information about former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the Democratic presidential candidate.

Those close to Bannon said that as the controversy unfolded, he seemed eager to find a way to try to fix his relationship with the president.

Nikki Haley, the USA ambassador to the United Nations, said that she is at the White House once a week, and "no one questions the stability of the president". They are reportedly happy that Bannon is being recognized as a duplicitous loose cannon.

During the heated exchange, Tapper said to Miller, in a reference to Trump, "There's one viewer that you care about right now and you're being obsequious".

He also criticized Bannon, who is quoted at length by Wolff, saying it was "tragic and unfortunate" that Bannon "would make these grotesque comments so out of touch with reality and obviously so vindictive".


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