Source: Bannon was going to defend Trump until Trump attacked him Jeremy Diamond 2017
By Jake Tapper and Jeremy Diamond, CNN Updated 7:28 PM ET, Sat January 6, 2018
Steve Bannon was only minutes away from attacking "Fire and Fury" author Michael Wolff over quotes attributed to the former White House chief strategist, but he decided not to do so after President Donald Trump attacked him after the release of excerpts from the book, according to a source familiar with the situation.
The statement was drafted, but Bannon had not yet made up his mind about whether to release it before the President released his own scathing statement about his former chief strategist, a second Bannon ally said. In that statement, Trump blasted Bannon and alleged he had "lost his mind."
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