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 TrumpComey responds to Trump with Mariah Carey gif: 'Why are you so obsessed with me?' Congress to get election security briefing next month amid Intel drama New York man accused of making death threats against Schumer, Schiff 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 TrumpTrump Jr., Meadows wear matching Trump jackets on 'Fox & Friends' Group auctioning off hunting trip with Donald Trump Jr. Trump allies to barnstorm Iowa for caucuses MORE and a Russian lawyer promising damaging information on Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonComey responds to Trump with Mariah Carey gif: 'Why are you so obsessed with me?' Trump dismisses reports of Russian meddling, labels them Democratic 'misinformation campaign' The new American center 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 BannonStone faces sentencing amid political firestorm Sunday shows preview: 2020 Democrats jockey for top spot ahead of Nevada caucuses Yes, Democrats have to defend their African-American base against Trump 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.