New York Post cover depicts Trump-Bannon in Roman garb: 'Et Tu, Bannon?'

New York Post cover depicts Trump-Bannon in Roman garb: 'Et Tu, Bannon?'
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The New York Post unveiled its Thursday cover depicting President TrumpDonald John TrumpProsecutors investigating Trump inaugural fund, pro-Trump super PAC for possible illegal foreign donations: NY Times George Conway: Why take Trump's word over prosecutors' if he 'lies about virtually everything' Federal judge says lawsuit over Trump travel ban waivers will proceed MORE and former White House strategist Stephen Bannon as characters from William Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar” following Trump’s public break with Bannon Wednesday.

“Et Tu, Bannon?” reads the cover’s headline, alongside Trump and Bannon depicted as Caesar and his friend, Marcus Junius Brutus, respectively.

In Shakespeare’s play, Caesar utters the Latin phrase “Et tu, Brute?” — translated as “and you, Brutus?” — as he is assassinated, after recognizing Brutus as one of the assassins.

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The cover comes after Trump issued a blistering statement aimed at Bannon Wednesday, responding to Bannon's own reported criticism of Trump's White House. Trump said Bannon had “lost his mind” after leaving the White House and claimed he had “no influence” on Trump.

“Steve Bannon has nothing to do with me or my presidency,” Trump said in the statement. “When he was fired, he not only lost his job, he lost his mind.”

Trump also blasted Bannon’s political abilities in the statement, saying he had “everything to do with the loss of a Senate seat in Alabama” and saying Bannon “doesn’t represent my base - he’s only in it for himself.”

Earlier Wednesday, excerpts from Michael Wolff’s new book “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House” were made public that quoted Bannon describing a 2016 meeting at Trump Tower between Donald Trump Jr., two other top Trump campaign officials and a Russian lawyer as “treasonous” and “unpatriotic.”

"They're going to crack Don Junior like an egg on national TV," Bannon reportedly said.

Bannon left his role in Trump’s White House in August and returned to his position as executive chairman at Breitbart. He has remained active in politics.