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McConnell told Trump the White House reaction on Bannon was 'perfect': report

McConnell told Trump the White House reaction on Bannon was 'perfect': report
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellDems confront Kelly after he calls some immigrants 'lazy' McConnell: 'Whoever gets to 60 wins' on immigration Overnight Defense: Latest on spending fight - House passes stopgap with defense money while Senate nears two-year budget deal | Pentagon planning military parade for Trump | Afghan war will cost B in 2018 MORE (R-Ky.) reportedly told President TrumpDonald John TrumpTillerson: Russia already looking to interfere in 2018 midterms Dems pick up deep-red legislative seat in Missouri Speier on Trump's desire for military parade: 'We have a Napoleon in the making' MORE that the White House's reaction to former chief strategist Stephen Bannon, who criticized the president and his family in a new book, was "perfect."

“He told the president it was perfect and he wouldn’t change a word,” one person familiar with the discussion said, according to The Washington Post.

On Wednesday, Trump split from Bannon in dramatic fashion after excerpts of the book including Bannon's comments were released.
 
Trump in a statement accused Bannon of having "lost his mind" and of being "only in it for himself."

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“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, whom he helped write phony books,” Trump said.

Allies of Bannon also sought to distance themselves from the former Trump adviser as the extent of his break with the president became clear.

In the book, Bannon reportedly calls a 2016 meeting at Trump Tower that included Donald Trump Jr. and a Russian lawyer "treasonous" and "unpatriotic."

Trump's lawyers on Wednesday also reportedly sent a cease-and-desist letter to Bannon, ordering him to refrain from making "disparaging" statements about Trump and his family.