Limbaugh: Most Leaks Coming From White House were From Bannon
With the recent release of ‘Fire and Fury’ the MSM is all over the Bannon-Trump feud. They must feel that it’s better to focus on the negative publicity of Trump, than the truth and negativity about Clinton and Obama. When the majority of the people live for reality TV, what else do you expect?
Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh said Thursday that he believes Steve Bannon was responsible for the majority of the first-year leaks coming out of the Trump administration.
“The thing that I think everybody believes and that everybody knows is that most of the leaking that was coming out of the Trump White House was Steve Bannon,” Limbaugh said.
His comments come amid an intensifying feud between Trump and Bannon, his former chief strategist, after excerpts were published from a new book about the early days of the Trump White House that quoted Bannon harshly criticizing the president and his family.
The Trump administration has struggled with leaks since he took office and has previously accused Bannon of being responsible.
Limbaugh said on his first broadcast of the new year that he had “never heard” of Bannon before the Breitbart News chief joined the Trump campaign, and described him as “all over the place” with conflicting comments on the Trump administration.
“Bannon is all over the place,” Limbaugh said. “You go back to his ’60 Minutes’ interview where he was praising Trump to the hilt and he was saying that the Russian investigation was bogus and there was nothing to it. And now in this book he’s quoted as saying that Trump and [Donald] Trump Jr. were committing treason by dealing with the Russians. I never understood half of the president’s staffing. I never understood how he knew these people and ended up choosing them.”
Limbaugh added he thought Trump was pressured to tap Bannon for chief strategist by donations from the pro-Trump Mercer family, who own a stake in Breitbart.
“The Mercers gave Trump $5 million,” Limbaugh said. “The Mercers wanted Bannon inside Trump. Trump said, ‘OK, fine, make him strategist.’ I don’t know if Trump ever even met Bannon before this campaign began.”
The new book by Michael Wolff, ‘Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House’ seems to be causing exactly that….FIRE and FURY!
Evidently the book includes a series of stunning stories about the administration, depicting a President Trump as a person who didn’t think he’d win an election and as someone who struggles with the basics of governing.
The explosive allegations have led to sharp criticism from the White House and its allies, who have dismissed Wolff’s book as “trashy tabloid fiction.”
And it has brought new scrutiny to Wolff, a 64-year-old newsroom veteran who has been a figure in New York media circles for decades.
Members of the media have questioned some of Wolff’s facts and tactics, highlighting what they say are errors in the book, including a contention that Trump did not know former Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), even though they had golfed together.
Some journalists have also questioned whether some of Wolff’s sources thought they were speaking off the record, noting past controversies.
“I wonder how many [White House] staff told Wolff things off the record that he then used on the record,” Bloomberg View columnist Joe Nocera tweeted Thursday. “He’s never much cared about burning sources. Can’t imagine that many of those quotes were meant for publication.”
Trump has also weighed in on Wolff’s recent book, saying he never spoke to Wolff.
“I authorized Zero access to White House (actually turned him down many times) for author of phony book! I never spoke to him for book. Full of lies, misrepresentations and sources that don’t exist. Look at this guy’s past and watch what happens to him and Sloppy Steve!” he wrote on Friday, referencing former White House strategist Steve Bannon, who is quoted extensively in “Fire and Fury.”
On Wednesday, Trump accused Bannon of having ‘lost his mind.
Trump then allegedly sent a cease-and-desist letter to Bannon through his lawyers, threatening legal action. He also threatened Wolff and his publisher, demanding that “Fire and Fury” not reach shelves.
Wolff has pushed back in interviews this week, insisting he spoke to the president for the book.
“My credibility is being questioned by a man who has less credibility than perhaps anyone who has ever walked on Earth at this point,” he said to Savannah Guthrie on Friday on NBC’s “Today.”
On another note,
“Michael Wolff […] included a note at the start that casts significant doubt on the reliability of the specifics contained in the rest of its pages,” reported Business Insider reported. “Several of his sources, he says, were definitely lying to him, while some offered accounts that flatly contradicted those of others.”
“Many of the accounts of what has happened in the Trump White House are in conflict with one another; many, in Trumpian fashion, are baldly untrue,” Wolff wrote in the book’s prologue.
Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders echoed that stance while speaking to the media. “I’m not going to waste my time or the country’s time going page by page and talking about a book that is complete fantasy and just full of tabloid gossip,” she insisted.
You may not agree with his tweets, but Trump has always been a just ‘say it like it is’ kind of guy. It’s probably what attracted most voters to him as a candidate for president. Americans were fed up with the regular politicians feeding them bull and the liberal MSM printing lies or BS.
So are you going to believe a guy who has worked for the NY Times, Hollywood Reporter and Vanity Fair….or a guy who is known for just ‘say it like it is’?
Resources: The Hill, Conservative Tribune