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Trump says he feels betrayed by Bannon

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

US has said that he feels "betrayed" by his former Chief Strategist who was highly critical of him and his family in a book published last week.

who worked with him first as his and then as his at the was fired by him last August.

In a book 'Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House' published last week, is extensively quoted as being highly critical of him and his family, even going to the extent of claiming that the was not interested in winning the presidential and that wept after the result because she did not want Trump to win.

"I feel betrayed because you are not supposed to do that, but I have many people that work for me who were far more important than Steve, right there," Trump was quoted as saying by The Journal.

"I always liked Steve, but Steve became very ineffective because he was such a lightning rod. And Steve, in the end I fired Steve," Trump said.

Soon after the excerpts of the book was released, Trump in a statement said that Bannon has nothing to do with his presidency and that he has lost his mind.

"Is that relationship permanently broken between you and Steve?" he was asked.

"You never know, I don't know what the word permanent means. We will see what happens, but Steve had nothing to do with my win. Well, certainly very little," he asserted.

"Steve's greatest asset is he was able to convince a that he was responsible for my win. Hope, just out of curiosity, you were there from day one. What do you think Steve in a percentage had to do with my victory? I mean he was there. Corey [Lewandowski] had more to do with it," Trump said.

Asserting that the dislikes him, Trump said he is smart.

"I was successful, successful, successful. I was always the best athlete, But I was successful at everything I ever did and then I run for president, first timefirst time, not three times, not six times. I ran for first time and lo and behold, I win. And then people say oh, is he a smart person? I am smarter than all of them put together, but they cant admit it. They had a bad year," Trump said.

"When I won against the 17 people, you cant then say that oh, gee, somebody comes in two months after I won, and he gives me new policy, new idea. I cant change those ideas, those ideas are wedded," he said.

Trump said that Bannon's remarks against his son were horrible.

"My son had a brief meeting based on the fact that he thought whatever he thought. And somebody said bad stuff on an opponent. I dont know of one in Washingtonif youre a and somebody called up that they have information on your opponent that might be negative," he said.

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First Published: Fri, January 12 2018. 10:20 IST