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 TrumpDem lawmaker says Electoral College was 'conceived' as way to perpetuate slavery Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals to visit White House on Monday Transportation Dept requests formal audit of Boeing 737 Max certification 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 TrumpThe Hill's Morning Report - Dems contemplate big election and court reforms Conservatives face a tough fight as Big Tech's censorship expands GOP lawmaker defends Chelsea Clinton after confrontation over New Zealand attacks MORE and a Russian lawyer promising damaging information on Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonDem lawmaker says Electoral College was 'conceived' as way to perpetuate slavery Dem strategist says Donna Brazile is joining Fox News 'for the money' CNN to host town hall with Cory Booker in South Carolina 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 BannonFilmmaker behind Bannon doc says the movie a 'damning portrayal' Avoiding the tragedy of Brexit Bannon predicts 2019 will be 'most vitriolic year' in US politics 'since before the Civil War' 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.