The White House issued an official statement from President Trump on Wednesday blasting former chief strategist Stephen Bannon. Excerpts from a forthcoming White House tell-all book prominently feature Bannon criticizing decisions by Trump and his team, including calling the infamous meeting between Trump's campaign aides and a Russian lawyer "treasonous." "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." Late Wednesday, a Trump attorney sent Bannon a cease and desist letter, saying "legal action is imminent" as Bannon was in "breach of his written confidentiality and non-disparagement agreement" that he signed with the Trump campaign.

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