Trump lawyer threatens Bannon with legal action over explosive comments to author

ON OPPOSITE SIDES President Trump seen in the Oval Office with Michael Flynn and Steve Bannon fired back at ex-strategist Bannon for remarks he made in a new book about the Trump White House

"Mr. Trump hereby demands that you immediately cease and desist from any further publication, release or dissemination of the book, and that you issue a full and complete retraction and apology to my client", the 11-page letter to the publisher reads. "He obviously changed his tune pretty quick", Trump said in the Roosevelt Room Thursday.

The West Wing houses the president's Oval Office and the offices of his closest aides.

Mr Trump hit back yesterday, saying in a statement that when Mr Bannon was sacked, "he not only lost his job, he lost his mind". They include a portrayal of "chaos and dysfunction" inside Trump's White House, unflattering descriptions of the president by his advisors, tales of dissent among his staff and criticism of the Trump family by then-aide Stephen K. Bannon.

And later, Trump lawyer Charles Harder sent a cease-and-desist letter to Bannon that accused him of violating a nondisclosure agreement by talking with the author of the book, Michael Wolff.

Trump told reporters Thursday, "I don't talk to him", before he began a White House meeting with Republican senators on immigration reform.

Barrack said this week that he had not been interviewed by Wolff, and denied an allegation elsewhere in the book that he called the president "not only crazy" but "stupid".

Bannon delivered the compliment Wednesday evening on "Breitbart News Tonight", which is broadcast on Sirius XM Radio, during which he also emphasized that he supports Trump "day in and day out".

Portions of the book, which had been scheduled for release on January 9, began appearing online Wednesday. Not only would it would deter authors and publishers from publishing future books about this president (and any future sitting president), it would also directly undercut our nation's cultural and political legacy of a vigorous exchange and debate of ideas, the hallmark of a healthy democracy.

"Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House" by author Michael Wolff set off a political firestorm with its portrayal of Trump as not particularly wanting to win the USA presidency in 2016 and unprepared for the job. It paints a derogatory portrait of Trump. Among other things, Bannon called a Trump Tower meeting between Trump's son Donald Trump Jr. and a Russian lawyer "treasonous". It was spurred by an unflattering new book by writer Michael Wolff that paints Trump as a leader who doesn't understand the weight of the presidency and spends his evenings eating cheeseburgers in bed, watching television and talking on the phone to old friends.



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