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Trump slams ex-aide Bannon; says he 'lost his mind'

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US today slammed his former Steve Bannon, claiming that he had "lost his mind" after being "fired".

Bannon, 64, was the top and the in the first seven months of the He was fired on August 18.

"has nothing to do with me or my Presidency. When he was fired, he not only lost his job, he lost his mind," Trump said in a statement.

"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," he said.

"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," said the

Yet Steve had everything to do with the loss of a seat in held for more than thirty years by Republicans. Steve doesn't represent my base - he's only in it for himself, Trump said in an stinging attack on his former top

Steve pretends to be at war with the media, which he calls the opposition party, yet he spent his time at the White House leaking false information to the media to make himself seem far more important than he was, Trump alleged.

It is the only thing he does well, he said.

was rarely in a one-on-one meeting with him and only pretends to have had influence to fool a few people with no access and no clue, whom he helped write phony books, Trump said.

"We have many great Republican members of and candidates who are very supportive of the 'Make America Great Again' agenda. Like me, they love the of America and are helping to finally take our country back and build it up, rather than simply seeking to burn it all down," Trump said in a lengthy statement.

Trump's statement came amid a media report about a book in which has described the meeting between the president's son and a group of Russians during the 2016 election campaign as "treasonous" and "unpatriotic", according to the book seen by

The book written by gives an insight into the Trump's election campaign.

In a statement, the has disputed the contents of the book.

"This book is filled with false and misleading accounts from individuals who have no access or influence with the White House," White House said.

First Lady Melania Trump's said: "Participating in a book that can only be described as trashy tabloid fiction exposes their sad desperate attempts at relevancy. The book is clearly going to be sold in the bargain fiction section.

"Mrs Trump supported her husband's decision to run for and in fact, encouraged him to do so. She was confident he would win and was very happy when he did".

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First Published: Thu, January 04 2018. 01:25 IST