Bannon called Trump a 'narcissist' before joining campaign: report
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Former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon once called President TrumpDonald John TrumpGillibrand urges opposition to Kavanaugh: Fight for abortion rights 'is now or never' Trump claims tariffs on foreign nations will rescue US steel industry: report Bannon announces pro-Trump movie, operation team ahead of midterms: report MORE a “narcissist” in the months before joining his presidential campaign in 2016, according to a new report.

Emails exchanged among multiple Breitbart News employees obtained by BuzzFeed News show Bannon saying he was “totally indifferent” about Trump winning the 2016 Iowa Republican caucuses.

"I'm totally indifferent. I'm darwinian...he who wins, wins,” Bannon said in response to an email from former Breitbart tech editor Milo Yiannopoulos and Breitbart editor-in-chief Alex Marlow containing a draft of a story titled “How Trump Can Win Iowa.”

Later that week, Yiannopoulos revived the email thread by sending a video of Trump talking about his relationship with God.


"He NEVER asks for forgiveness!!!" Bannon wrote back, according to the emails obtained by BuzzFeed. "It's a joke having him discuss god."

Breitbart Washington editor Matthew Boyle then replied to the thread, saying Trump “can’t do anything wrong, at least in his mind.”

"Trump is a genius at showing absolutely no weakness whatsoever and projecting macho man confidence,” Boyle wrote. “He is a giant walking, living, breathing self-fulfilling prophecy."

“Narcissist,” Bannon replied.

The newly revealed emails come after Trump on Wednesday issued a blistering statement on Bannon, saying he had “lost his mind” after leaving the White House and claiming he had “no influence” on Trump.

Steve BannonStephen (Steve) Kevin BannonBannon announces pro-Trump movie, operation team ahead of midterms: report Internet security expert: 'I don’t think it’s right to say’ tech giants are politically biased UK's Boris Johnson gives reporters tea while avoiding questions about anti-burqa comments MORE has nothing to do with me or my presidency,” Trump said in the statement. “When he was fired, he not only lost his job, he lost his mind.”

Trump also blasted Bannon’s political abilities in the statement, saying he had “everything to do with the loss of a Senate seat in Alabama” and saying Bannon “doesn’t represent my base - he’s only in it for himself.”

Earlier Wednesday, excerpts from Michael Wolff’s new book “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House” were leaked that quoted Bannon describing a 2016 meeting at Trump Tower between Donald Trump Jr.Donald (Don) John TrumpSan Francisco ethics official sues Secret Service over Trump Jr. trip to India Spicer slams Omarosa on WH recordings: 'She will do anything to further her own being' White House staff offered discounts at Trump's NJ golf club: report MORE, two other top Trump campaign officials and a Russian lawyer as “treasonous” and “unpatriotic.”

"They're going to crack Don Junior like an egg on national TV," Bannon reportedly said.

Bannon left his role in the Trump administration in August and returned to his position as executive chairman at Breitbart.