It’s the pot versus the kettle.
President Trump unleashed fire and fury on Wednesday, bashing his former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon as a loser who has “lost his mind.”
Trump, fuming after advance copies of a book painted an unflattering portrait of his first year in office, blasted Bannon in a formal White House statement.
“Steve Bannon has nothing to do with me or my presidency,” Trump said. “When he was fired, he not only lost his job, he lost his mind.”
Bannon — once one of Trump’s closest advisers — is quoted extensively throughout the bombshell book, Michael Wolff’s “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” a copy of which was obtained by the Daily News.
The tome paints Trump as a chauvinistic, petulant businessman and a reluctant victor on Election Day. It describes Trump as a showman who thought his foray into the political world would boost his brand and deliver “untold opportunities.”
The scathing portrayal prompted Trump’s high-profile attorney specializing in defamation claims, Charles Harder, to send a cease-and-desist letter to Bannon, ABC News reported. Harder wrote that Bannon had violated the terms of a nondisparagement agreement he signed with the Trump Organization.
Wolff describes an enraged Trump calling former acting Attorney General Sally Yates “c–t” after she refused to uphold his travel ban targeting Muslim countries. Trump fired her.
Trump consumes McDonald’s out of fear of being poisoned and makes a habit of pursuing his friends’ wives, Wolff claims in the book.
Trump thought “one of the things that made life worth living was getting your friends’ wives into bed,” the book says. To pursue that goal, he would allegedly put his pals’ spouses on speakerphone in his office and invite their husbands into the room to chat about explicit topics, unaware their wives were listening.
At one point, Bannon describes a now-infamous Trump Tower meeting between the President’s eldest son and a group of Russians as “treasonous” and “unpatriotic,” which The Guardian first reported early Wednesday.
Bannon told Wolff that federal investigations into potential collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign would likely focus on money laundering and ensnare the President’s family.
“They’re going to crack Don Junior like an egg on national TV,” he told the author.
Bannon, a former hedge fund guy, helmed Trump’s campaign for the final three months before the 2016 election and was named as White House chief strategist when Trump beat Democrat Hillary Clinton.
Trump fired back on Wednesday, lashing into Bannon, who resumed his former role as head of the far-right website Breitbart News after leaving the White House in August.
“Now that he is on his own, Steve is learning that winning isn’t as easy as I make it look,” Trump said. “Steve had very little to do with our historic victory, which was delivered by the forgotten men and women of this country.”
Bannon, one of 200 people Wolff claims he interviewed, told the author he was astounded that Trump Jr. and other top officials willingly met with Russian operatives who had promised “dirt” on Clinton.
“The three senior guys in the campaign thought it was a good idea to meet with a foreign government inside Trump Tower in the conference room on the 25th floor — with no lawyers. They didn’t have any lawyers,” Bannon apparently told Wolff, referring to the July 2016 sitdown that included Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and campaign chairman Paul Manafort.
“Even if you thought that this was not treasonous, or unpatriotic, or bad s–t, and I happen to think it’s all of that, you should have called the FBI immediately,” he said.
Bannon also believes special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin is focusing on the finances of those closest to Trump.
“You realize where this is going,” Bannon said. “This is all about money laundering. Mueller chose (senior prosecutor Andrew) Weissmann first and he is a money-laundering guy. Their path to f—ing Trump goes right through Paul Manafort, Don Jr. and Jared Kushner … It’s as plain as a hair on your face.”
Manafort has been charged by Mueller with money laundering and other federal offenses for crimes that allegedly took place before he joined the campaign.
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Bannon, who has publicly voiced his distaste for Kushner in the past, also warned that recent reports of federal prosecutors subpoenaing records from Deutsche Bank could spell doom for both Trump Jr. and Kushner.
The White House said the book is “filled with false and misleading accounts from individuals who have no access or influence with the White House.”
Trump was “furious” and “disgusted” when he heard the anecdotes from the book, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said, calling the book “trashy tabloid fiction.”
Trump accused his former right-hand man of leaking to the press and feeding lies to reporters during his time in the West Wing.
“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,” Trump said. “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.”
But Bannon was an elite member of Trump’s guarded inner circle. He has been credited as one of the key thinkers behind Trump’s “America First” agenda.
His role at Breitbart has led to links with white supremacists and neo-Nazi groups.
But Trump stood by the unkempt 64-year-old and even came out in his defense after he was finally dumped on Aug. 18.
“I want to thank Steve Bannon for his service,” Trump tweeted at the time. “He came to the campaign during my run against Crooked Hillary Clinton — it was great! Thanks S.”
In October, Bannon declared a “season of war” against the Republican establishment and backed firebrand Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore.
He made no secret of his desire to upend the GOP base and send a slate of far-right populist candidates to Capitol Hill.
Trump blamed Bannon for Moore’s loss last month — even though Trump himself eventually backed the contentious candidate.
“Steve had everything to do with the loss of a Senate seat in Alabama held for more than 30 years by Republicans,” Trump said. “Steve doesn’t represent my base — he’s only in it for himself.”
Wolff’s book is set to be released next week.