GOP mega-donors cut off funding for Bannon's security detail: report
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The family of GOP mega-donor Robert Mercer reportedly cut off funding for former White House strategist Stephen Bannon's private security detail amid frustrations over his comments about his possible political ambitions.

An associate of the Mercer family, which has been a steady supporter of Bannon and his political efforts, told The New York Times that they cut the funding for the personal protective detail. The associate said the Mercers were upset after learning that Bannon had privately said that they would support him if he ran for president.

The revelation comes after a rare statement Thursday from Rebekah Mercer, Robert Mercer's daughter, publicly rebuking Bannon while siding with President TrumpDonald John TrumpNFL freezes policy barring players from protesting during anthem McConnell spokesman on Putin visit: 'There is no invitation from Congress' Petition urges University of Virginia not to hire Marc Short MORE amid his feud with the former White House strategist. 

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An excerpt from author Michael Wolff's new book "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House" quoted Bannon spurning Trump administration officials and campaign associates, igniting Trump's anger and prompting the White House to blast the book and its reported details.

Bannon reportedly called an infamous 2016 Trump Tower meeting involving Trump's oldest son Donald Trump Jr.Donald (Don) John TrumpGeorge Will charges that Trump colluded with Putin DNC claims Secret Service blocked attempt to deliver lawsuit against Kushner Secret Service spent nearly 0,000 on protection for Trump's sons during overseas trips MORE and a Russian lawyer promising damaging information on Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonProminent Putin critic: If Trump turns me over, I'm dead Dems unveil slate of measures to ratchet up pressure on Russia Trump tweets old video of Clinton talking up 'a strong Russia' MORE "treasonous." President Trump later claimed that Bannon had "lost his mind." 

"I support President Trump and the platform upon which he was elected," Rebekah Mercer said in a statement Thursday reported by The Washington Post. 

"My family and I have not communicated with Steve BannonStephen (Steve) Kevin BannonThe Hill's 12:30 Report — Sponsored by Delta Air Lines — GOP spars with FBI agent at tense hearing Bookstore owner calls police after customer confronted Steve Bannon Trump’s plan to drown government must be stopped MORE in many months and have provided no financial support to his political agenda, nor do we support his recent actions and statements," Mercer added. 

Robert Mercer, who sold stock in Bannon's website Breitbart News to his daughter, has previously expressed his political differences with Bannon.