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Trump Bannon row: Book publication brought forward to Friday

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A book containing damaging allegations about the Trump administration is to be released early after lawyers tried to block publication, its author says.

Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House by Michael Wolff was due out on Tuesday but Wolff says it will now be available for purchase on Friday.

Trump’s lawyers said the book contained numerous false statements.

The book cites former top aide Steve Bannon as describing a meeting with a group of Russians as “treasonous”.

It also portrays Trump as being surprised at winning the presidency.

The White House has disputed the book’s accuracy. Trump earlier said Bannon – who was sacked in August – had “lost his mind” after losing his White House position.

Among a number of explosive statements, Bannon reportedly said, referring to a Trump Tower meeting between top campaign officials and Russia: “They’re going to crack Don Junior like an egg on national TV.”

The meeting, which involved Trump’s eldest child Donald Trump Jr, is being investigated by Special Counsel Robert Mueller as part of his inquiry into possible collusion between Trump campaign officials and Russia to win the election.

Trump strongly denies any collusion took place.On his Breitbart radio show on Wednesday, Bannon responded to the president’s criticism by saying he was a “great man” and that he supported him “day in and day out”.

After the president met Republican senators in the Oval Office to discuss immigration on Thursday, a reporter asked Trump if his former strategist had betrayed him. He responded: “I don’t know, he called me a great man last night so he obviously changed his tune pretty quick.”

Bannon has also been criticised by another former associate, Republican party donor Rebekah Mercer – who has also invested in Breitbart, where Bannon is chairman.

“I support President Trump and the platform upon which he was elected,” Ms Mercer told the Washington Post.

“My family and I have not communicated with Steve Bannon in many months and have provided no financial support to his political agenda, nor do we support his recent actions and statements.”


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