Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon believed Donald Trump had dementia, and regarded a covert plan to take away the president by the 25th Amendment, in line with a brand new guide from former 60 Minutes producer Ira Rosen.
“Bannon realised that Trump was repeating the same stories over and over again,” Mr Rosen instructed Yahoo News’s Michael Isikoff in a podcast launched on Tuesday. “There was a David Brooks column that had been written in the New York Times, that said Republican Senators went to see Trump in the White House, and they were hearing him repeat himself, and they realised he may be suffering from early stage dementia.
“Bannon kept saying this, and he wanted to do something about it.”
In the guide, Ticking Clock: Behind the Scenes at “60 Minutes,” Mr Rosen writes he has textual content messages that show Mr Bannon was looking for to take away the president, together with one which learn, “You need to do the 25th amendment piece. By the way brother I never steer you wrong.”
Mr Bannon; a defence lawyer who not too long ago represented him; and Performance One Media, which distributes his War Room podcast, all didn’t instantly reply to requests for remark from The Independent.
In his guide, Mr Rosen writes that president Trump and Mr Bannon’s relationship started to publicly fray when the media began shining a highlight on the strategist’s function and appeared to upstage the president. He additionally alleges Mr Bannon was a gossip and a serious supply for tell-all books in regards to the White House from journalists Bob Woodward and Michael Wolff.
Mr Bannon, the previous govt chairman of the hard-right Breitbart News web site, left the White House in August of 2017, amid clashes with different senior White House personnel like Mr Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner.
The two apparently reconciled by the top of Mr Trump’s presidency, with Mr Bannon reportedly chatting with the president by cellphone in his administration’s closing days about how one can overturn the election outcomes, and the previous president pardoned Mr Bannon after he was charged with defrauding political donors who supported a non-public effort to construct a Mexican border wall.