Billionaire donor distances herself from Bannon's 'political agenda'
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An influential conservative donor on Thursday distanced herself from the "political agenda" of 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's former chief strategist Stephen Bannon, amid his feud with the president.

"I support President Trump and the platform upon which he was elected," billionaire conservative donor Rebekah Mercer said in a statement, according to 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," she continued. 

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Mercer's statement on Thursday comes after Washington was rocked by author Michael Wolff’s new book, "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House" in which Bannon is quoted criticizing the administration and its key players. 

The Mercers are part-owners of Breitbart News, where Bannon is executive chairman. Mercer told The Washington Post she is still supporting Breitbart. However, The Wall Street Journal reported that on Thursday, members of the board including Mercer met to discuss whether they want to remove Bannon as chair.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said earlier in the day that Breitbart should consider cutting ties with Bannon. 

The Washington Post previously reported that Mercer was frustrated with Bannon's handling of the Alabama Senate race, and had pulled her funding after he told other major conservative donors that Mercer would support him in his own presidential bid.