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Raj Shah: Bannon to Blame for Wolff Book, 'Good Riddance'

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By    |   Monday, 08 January 2018 03:27 PM

Michael Wolff's best-seller "Fire and Fury" would not have happened without Steve Bannon, and President Donald Trump has not changed his mind about his former chief strategist, White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah said Monday.

"The president has made his views very clear about what we think of Steve Bannon," Shah told Fox News' "Outnumbered Overtime" anchor Harris Faulkner. "Frankly, this book would not exist without Steve Bannon's cooperation. We think it is highly inappropriate and frankly, the president has said it, the man has lost his mind, and good riddance."

Bannon "shepherded in" Wolff to the White House, said Shah, and then made comments that appeared in print that were "inappropriate."

Wolff did not have a great deal of access to Trump, Shah continued, as he only spoke to him once, by phone, since the president took office.

"He's never spoken to him in person since he became president, and he frankly has been misrepresenting his level of access, his level of cooperation with White House officials," said Shah.

Trump also has not commented on Bannon's comments Sunday that he had actually been talking about former campaign manager Paul Manafort, not Donald Trump Jr., when he called a meeting involving Russians at Trump Tower "treasonous."

"The president's comments were pretty clear last week and there's really nothing further to say," Shah said. "This book has little to no credibility, it's a total fabrication ... there are so many inaccuracies, this is nothing we see from the president of the United States who has a tremendous first year in office, led an amazing team."

There has been "tremendous success" through the economy and tax cuts, and overseas with "the crushing of ISIS," Shah continued.

"We've had so many tremendous successes with the president leading the spectacular team and we really think this book is just tabloid trash and doesn't represent anything that's going on in the building behind me," he said during the interview, conducted with Shah standing in front of the White House.

Shah also said that the Trump administration is not concerned that Wolff has notes or tapes of his recordings, as he "has no credibility. I have said it before, and I will say it again. We will welcome anything you have to introduce, because we don't think it adds up to much."

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Michael Wolff's bestseller "Fire and Fury" would not have happened without Steve Bannon, and President Donald Trump has not changed his mind about his former chief strategist, White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah said Monday.
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