The White House fired back at Bannon in a lengthy press release that downplayed his influence in Trump's winning election campaign, marking a vicious public falling out between the president and former high-ranking staffer.
Trump himself said Wednesday that it "seems unlikely" that he'd give an interview in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into potential coordination between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign.
Bannon was chief executive of the Trump campaign in its final three months during the 2016 US elections.
Mr Trump, although he had eventually supported Mr Moore's candidacy, later blamed Mr Bannon for the embarrassment.
Trump told the Journal in his nearly hour-long interview that Lewandowski had more to do with his campaign's success than Bannon. In response to Bannon's having called a June 2016 meeting between Trump campaign officials and Russians "treasonous" and "unpatriotic", Trump said in a statement that his former colleague had "lost his mind". Under Mr. Bannon, Breitbart had become a vehicle for his own political ambitions, including clashes with the Republican Party establishment and national committee, which he appeared to be targeting for a takeover.
According to Mr Wolff, Mr Bannon said then that he wanted to stay in the White House.
Mr Bannon reporteldy quickly set up shop in the West Wing in an office just across the hallway from the White House Chief of Staff's office, where he made a lengthy list of goals on a white board.
To the editor: The only forces that can control President Donald Trump are the Cabinet and the Republicans in Congress.
Trump had stayed in touch with the Breitbart head after he left the White House in August, including consulting him on last month's Alabama Senate race.
As a new year gets started, there are already more than enough reasons to worry about the state of the union in the era of Donald J. Trump and his merry band of confusion-spinners.
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