Alt-right impresario Steve Bannon called the meeting between Jared Kushner, Trump Jr, and a Russian lawyer at the Trump Tower in 2016 "treasonous" and "unpatriotic" in a forthcoming book by Michael Wolff called Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House.
In response, Trump said his former BFF has "lost his mind."
From a statement issued by the White House:
Steve Bannon has nothing to do with me or my Presidency. When he was fired, he not only lost his job, he lost his mind. Steve was a staffer who worked for me after I had already won the nomination by defeating seventeen candidates, often described as the most talented field ever assembled in the Republican party.
Now that he is on his own, Steve is learning that winning isn't as easy as I make it look. Steve had very little to do with our historic victory, which was delivered by the forgotten men and women of this country. Yet Steve had everything to do with the loss of a Senate seat in Alabama held for more than thirty years by Republicans. Steve doesn't represent my base — he's only in it for himself.