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Trump Today: President rips Bannon after ex-aide's critical comments in book1-3-18 4:15 PM EST

By Robert Schroeder, MarketWatch

Bannon has 'lost his mind,' Trump says in statement

President Donald Trump blasted his former strategist Steve Bannon on Wednesday, after his ex-aide was cited as saying a meeting between Trump's son and a group of Russians was "treasonous."

BANNON 'LOST HIS MIND,' TRUMP CHARGES

Trump's statement came after comments by Bannon shot through social media Wednesday morning. In a forthcoming book by Michael Wolff, Bannon calls a June 2016 meeting between Donald Trump Jr., Kremlin-linked Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya and others "unpatriotic" as well as treasonous.

"Steve Bannon has nothing to do with me or my Presidency," Trump said in a statement released by the White House. "When he was fired, he not only lost his job, he lost his mind." Trump went on to say Bannon -- now executive chairman of Breitbart News -- "had very little to do with our historic victory."

Read: Bannon says Trump Jr.'s meeting with Russians was 'treasonous.' (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/bannon-says-trump-jrs-meeting-with-russians-was-treasonous-2018-01-03)

Also see:Text of President Donald Trump's statement on Steve Bannon (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/text-of-president-donald-trumps-statement-on-steve-bannon-2018-01-03).

'PHONY BOOKS'

Wolff's book was also excerpted in New York Magazine (http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2018/01/michael-wolff-fire-and-fury-book-donald-trump.html?utm_source=tw&utm_medium=s3&utm_campaign=sharebutton-t). In the excerpt, Trump is said to not have wanted to win the presidency; criticized staff including Bannon; and said he did not know who former House Speaker John Boehner was.

In his statement, Trump did not address specific parts of the book, but said Bannon pretended "to have had influence to fool a few people with no access and no clue, whom he helped write phony books."

'GREAT SUPPORT' FOR IRANIANS FORTHCOMING

Trump tweeted encouragement for antigovernment protesters in Iran, and said "you will see great support from the United States at the appropriate time!" But he offered no details on what kind of support he was referencing or when the U.S. would provide it.

   Oil   rose on Wednesday to levels last seen in mid-2015 as the protests continued in Iran. 

Read:Oil hits 2 1/2 -year high as Iran unrest continues (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/crude-prices-get-fresh-lift-from-extended-iran-unrest-2018-01-03).

-Robert Schroeder; 415-439-6400; AskNewswires@dowjones.com

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