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 TrumpTrump DOJ demanded metadata on 73 phone numbers and 36 email addresses, Apple says Putin says he's optimistic about working with Biden ahead of planned meeting Biden meets Queen Elizabeth for first time as president 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.Don TrumpDonald Trump Jr. joins Cameo Book claims Trump family members were 'inappropriately' close with Secret Service agents Trump Jr. shares edited video showing father knocking Biden down with golf ball MORE and a Russian lawyer promising damaging information on Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump asks Biden to give Putin his 'warmest regards' Huma Abedin announces book deal Mystery surrounds Justice's pledge on journalist records 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 Bannon'So interesting': Trump pitched on idea to run for House, become Speaker Democrats claim vindication, GOP cries witch hunt as McGahn finally testifies Hillicon Valley: Parler's return to Apple store poses new challenges | Biden revokes Trump-era order targeting shield for website operators 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.