World Steve Bannon's apology masks the chatter about Donald Trump and the 25th Amendment

06:50  09 january  2018
06:50  09 january  2018 Source:   ABC News

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Steve Bannon has backtracked on claims that Donald Trump ' s son committed treason in 2016, while calling the President a 'political genius'. Trump declares himself a ‘stable genius’, stirring 25 th Amendment chatter . Entertainment.

Daily Mail - 05 Jan 2018 Steve Bannon once openly suggested that President Donald Trump was so mentally unfit for office that the U. S . Constitution' s 25 th Amendment might be needed to remove 25 th Amendment Chatter Gets Louder As Congressman Warns Trump Is Increasingly Delusional.

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Trump New Year's Momentum Sapped by Wolff Book's Revelations

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Just two days after a Republican senator was reportedly “planting seeds” to remove Donald Trump from office using the 25 th Amendment , a bombshell new report appearing online Wednesday afternoon on the Vanity Fair magazine site says that even Steve Bannon , Trump ’ s close friend

Two sources told Vanity Fair that former chief strategist Steve Bannon explained to Trump that he shouldn't be nervous about impeachment, but rather the 25 th Amendment .

As apologies go, Steve Bannon's mea culpa flouted a time-honoured rule of etiquette that's also a handy firefighting technique. If you want to stomp out a fire, don't wait five days.

Especially since the blaze sparked by Michael Wolff's book, Fire and Fury, is a raging inferno hot enough to thaw the cold snap that's frozen much of the eastern United States.

The former White House aide had no choice but to give "I'm sorry" a red hot go.

In the book, Mr Bannon is quoted as calling a meeting between the President's son, Don Jr, and a group of Russians at Trump Tower "treasonous". In his statement on Sunday, Mr Bannon said, "Donald Trump Jr is both a patriot and a good man".

In a statement to Axios, he said he was referring to campaign chair Paul Manafort, "a seasoned campaign professional with experience and knowledge of how the Russians operate".

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The 25th Amendment to the US Constitution provides a mechanism for succession if a US president is mentally incapacitated while in office. © Joshua Roberts/Reuters The 25th Amendment to the US Constitution provides a mechanism for succession if a US president is mentally incapacitated while in office. Bannon mum on 'dumb' Ivanka

Then there were Mr Bannon's problematic comments about the President himself. "He's lost it," Wolff quotes Mr Bannon as telling him.

A chastened Mr Bannon says: "My support is also unwavering for the President and his agenda."

It's a desperate DC back-step, a political shimmy with the elegance of the Hokey Pokey and considerably less care-free charm. Then again, it's tricky to apologise when it's apparently impossible to walk back everything.

Mr Bannon makes no mention of his assessment to Wolff that First Daughter Ivanka Trump is, "dumb as a brick".

But given that Mr Bannon is a man who famously hates to say he's sorry, the fact that he apologised at all was worthy of comment. So was the timing.

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The 25 th Amendment is designed for use in emergency situations; Congress thought the Amendment , as written, seemed clear cut. “One thing Steve wants Trump to do is take this more seriously,” a " Bannon confidante" told Vanity Fair.

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Last week, following the release of excerpts from the book, Mr Bannon received a stinging public rebuke from former supporter Rebekah Mercer, a publicity shy conservative mega-donor who has been called "the First Lady of the alt-right".

In a statement, the billionaire said "I support President Trump and the platform upon which he was elected".

Ms Mercer iced Mr Bannon: "My family and I have not communicated with Steve Bannon in many months and have provided no financial support to his political agenda, nor do we support his recent actions and statements."

Ms Mercer has a stake in Breitbart News. It's an open question in Washington if Bannon will remain there as CEO.

Talk of the 25th Amendment

But the larger question consuming Washington concerns the President's tenure in the White House.

As Team Trump took to the Sunday talk shows with scathing assessments of "Sloppy Steve" Bannon, not to mention scorn and rage for Wolff, it was Mr Trump's fitness for office that took centre stage.

Mr Trump's style and temperament have long been the source of commentary and debate. Ditto his Twitter habit and obsession with cable news, especially his beloved Fox News.

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But Wolff adds texture and nuance to the picture of this president, at 70 years old the oldest person ever elected to a first term in the White House.

Wolff portrays an incurious man ignorant about crucial issues who talks incessantly, considers himself the smartest guy in the room on every topic, and a man who repeats stories and phrases with increasing frequency. A man who has lost ground intellectually.

Mr Trump's tweet over the weekend that he is a "very stable genius" only added fuel to a well-burning fire.

In an interview with NBC's Chuck Todd on Meet the Press on Sunday morning, Wolff said there was significant concern among top aides in the White House about Mr Trump's mental fitness for office and frequent conversations among staffers: "This is, I think, not an exaggeration, and not unreasonable to say, this is 25th Amendment kind of stuff."

Wolff said people in the White House brought up the topic "all the time," and related comments overheard such as "we're not at a 25th Amendment level yet".

The 25th Amendment to the US constitution was passed by congress after the assassination of President John F Kennedy.

It provides a mechanism for succession if a US president is mentally incapacitated while in office or is "unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office".

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Steve Bannon , President Trump ’ s former chief strategist, predicted the 25 th Amendment could be used to remove the president, according to author Michael Wolff in his new book ‘Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House’.

Legal scholars say to oust a sitting president against his will would be extremely difficult; the chance of such an event occurring is considered remote.

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Mr Trump calls Fire and Fury "a work of fiction" that is "full of lies, misrepresentations and sources that don't exist".

He tweeted: "I've had to put up with the Fake News from the first day I announced that I would be running for President. Now I have to put up with a Fake Book, written by a totally discredited author. Ronald Reagan had the same problem and handled it well. So will I!"

Some journalists have also questioned Wolff.

But global superpowers — and their presidents — are always on duty and under the microscope. The world watches and wonders and questions.

The headline in Frankfurt's centre-right Allgemeine Zeitung newspaper read: "Ist Donald Trump noch zurechnungsfahig?" (Is Trump sane?) and The Times of London read, "Trump's mental health questioned by top aide".

'The emperor has no clothes'

Wolff says his book about a modern president recalls an ancient parable.

"The story that I've told seems to present this presidency in such a way that it says that he can't do this job, the emperor has no clothes," he told the BBC, an interview picked up by The Hollywood Reporter.

"And suddenly everywhere people are going, 'Oh my God, it's true — he has no clothes.' That's the background to the perception and the understanding that will finally end this, that will end this presidency."

But in an Atlantic article entitled "It's been an open secret all along", respected American journalist James Fallows contends:

"The scandal of Michael Wolff's new book isn't its salacious details — it's that everyone in Washington has known its key themes and refused to act."

At Axios, which broke the Bannon letter, a new story is entitled "Trump's secret, shrinking schedule".

Jonathan Swan reports: "President Trump is starting his official day much later than he did in the early days of his presidency, often around 11am, and holding far fewer meetings, according to copies of his private schedule shown to Axios.

"This is largely to meet Trump's demands for more 'Executive Time', which almost always means TV and Twitter time alone in the residence, officials tell us."

The questions about this POTUS are unlikely to go away.

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