Administration

Bannon told Ivanka she 'doesn't know what she's doing': book

Former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon once ripped Ivanka Trump, calling her "another staffer who doesn't know what you're doing," according to a new book about President Trump's White House.

Fox News host Howard Kurtz described the interaction, which took place during the early days of the administration, in his new book, "Media Madness: Donald Trump, The Press, And The War Over The Truth."

"My daughter loves me as a dad," Bannon told Ivanka, according to an excerpt of the book reported on by The Washington Post. "You love your dad. I get that. But you're just another staffer who doesn't know what you're doing."

Another scene in the book shows President Trump siding with Bannon after the former strategist blamed Ivanka for a leak.

"'Baby, I think Steve's right here,' Trump told her," Kurtz writes.

A White House official denied the account to the Post, saying, "The past three weeks have made very clear who the leakers are." The White House did not respond to questions about other parts of the excerpts.

Bannon left the White House in August, but fell out of favor with the White House after another book, Michael Wolff's "Fire and Fury," included quotes from Bannon calling Donald Trump Jr.'s meeting with a Russian lawyer during the campaign "treasonous."

Trump hit back, saying that Bannon had "lost his mind."

Bannon apologized with a statement calling Trump Jr. a "good man" and a "patriot," but it did little to win back favor in the White House.

Bannon later stepped down as chair of Breitbart News after he lost support on the right over his Trump attacks.

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