Republican operative Roger Stone says Steve Bannon’s comments about President Trump and his family for Michael Wolff’s book “Fire and Fury” amount to a “stunning act of betrayal and self-immolation.”
Stone, an infamous political dirty trickster, helped plot strategy for Trump’s campaign, but the two have clashed before. Last month, TheWrap reported that Stone believes he deserves credit for a savage debate maneuver previously credited to Bannon. Stone told TheWrap at the time he considers Bannon “a friend.”
But he wasn’t impressed by Bannon’s comment to Wolff that Donald Trump Jr.’s decision to meet with a Kremlin-connected Russian lawyer at Trump Tower during the campaign in 2016 was “treasonous” and “unpatriotic.”
“Bannon’s comments actually took place at a time when he was working for the president in the White House… One cannot even chalk them up to anger for his subsequent termination. This is a stunning act of betrayal and self immolation,” Stone told TheWrap.
Bannon was fired as Trump’s chief strategist in August. He did not immediately respond to a request for comment from TheWrap.
“Not only was there nothing treasonous about Donald Junior’s meeting with a Russian lawyer, there was nothing illegal nor improper about the meeting, which now smells like a setup given the fact that the woman lawyer was in the country illegally to begin with and her ties to GPS Fusion have been confirmed,” Stone said.
Trump supporters have accused GPS Fusion, a Washington research firm, of pushing several stories linking Trump to Russia — accusations Fusion GPS denies.
In an interview with The Daily Caller on Thursday, Stone speculated that Bannon may hope to run for president in 2020, an idea he called “ludicrous.”
Stone told TheWrap most Americans pay little if any attention to Bannon. “This is still very much an inside story,” Stone said. “The average voter has no idea who Steve Bannon is, nor do they care. The Trump voter coalition will remain loyal to the president as long as he does not break faith with them on his agenda.”