Steve Bannon dressed down President Trump’s daughter Ivanka within the early days of the administration, reminding her that she was simply one other staffer within the White House.
“My daughter loves me as a dad,” Bannon informed Ivanka, based on Howard Kurtz’s ebook, “Media Madness: Donald Trump, The Press and the War Over the Truth.” “You love your dad. I get that. But you’re just another staffer who doesn’t know what you’re doing.”
And at one point, the president even took Bannon’s side when the then-top White House strategist accused the first daughter of leaking a story.
The White House denied the portrayal.
“The past three weeks have made very clear who the leakers are,” the White House informed the newspaper, referring to Bannon.
The former top West Wing staffer was a vital source for another tell-all book that pulled the curtains back on Trump’s White House to show an administration in chaos.
In Michael Wolff’s best-seller, “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” Bannon expressed his contempt for the president’s family, together with his son Donald Jr., whom he referred to as “treasonous” and “unpatriotic” for meeting with Russians at Trump Tower in the course of the 2016 campaign.
He was quoted within the book referring to Ivanka as “dumb as a brick.”
The president rapidly lashed out at Bannon, who left the White House in August 2017.
“When he was fired, he not only lost his job, he lost his mind,” Trump stated.
In the ensuing hubbub over his stinging remarks, Bannon was removed from his perch at Breitbart News.
Like Wolff’s insider look at the White House, Kurtz’s book paints a portrait of aides struggling to answer Trump’s offhand comments and tweets to his 47 million followers.
After a White House assessment of transgender individuals serving within the military, then-chief of staff Reince Priebus scheduled an Oval Office meeting in July 2017 with the president to go over his options.
But then Trump with out warning tweeted that he would ban transgender individuals from serving within the military, upending an Obama administration resolution.
“Oh my God, he just tweeted this,” Priebus stated.
“There was no longer a need for the meeting,” Kurtz wrote within the book.
Kurtz additionally portrays Kellyanne Conway, counsel to the president, as a moderating influence.
When Trump needed to send White House press secretary Sean Spicer into the briefing room to challenge estimates of crowd size at his inauguration the day before, she urged him to not do it.
“She invoked a line that she often employed when Trump was exercised over some slight,” in line with Kurtz.
“‘You’re really big. That’s really small,’” she mentioned.
Spicer did attack the media over the crowd size, an action that was broadly ridiculed.
Afterward, Trump admitted he was wrong.
“You were right,” he informed aides. “I shouldn’t have done that.”
Later, in defense of Spicer, Conway coined the term “alternative facts” to clarify the discrepancy in crowd estimates.