STEVE Bannon launched a covert plan to remove Donald Trump as president because he mistakenly thought he was suffering from dementia, a bombshell new book claims.
In a memoir released this week, TV Producer Isa Rosen wrote that Bannon believed Trump “was suffering from early-stage dementia and that there was a real possibility he would be removed from office by the 25th Amendment”.
Trump was reportedly keen to pardon his former aide Bannon
Rosen said that Trump “turned on Bannon” after he appeared on a Time magazine cover in February 2017, weeks after the president was sworn in.
In an interview about his book ‘Ticking Clock: Behind the Scenes at 60 Minutes’ based on his work on iconic news show 60 Minutes, Rosen said there was a conspiracy.
“Bannon realized that Trump was repeating the same stories over and over again and Bannon kept saying this and he wanted to do something about it,” he told Yahoo News’ Skullduggery podcast.
“Now, the secret was that Bannon crazily thought that he could be president.
“He would have been very happy to see Trump disappear from the scenes, either through the 25th Amendment, resigning for whatever reason, and he would step in and fill the gulf and carry the mantle of the Trump followers. But he was delusional about it.”
President Donald Trump’s former chief strategist Steve BannonCredit: AP:Associated Press
Steve Bannon appeared in court last year
Trump pardoned Bannon – charged with defrauding his political donors who wanted to build a wall at the Mexican border – in a last-minute clemency blitz before Joe Biden was sworn in as President last month.
Bannon was booked onboard a super yacht last August for allegedly illegally funneling $1million in donations from the “We Build The Wall” fund in 2018, which he pleaded not guilty to.
He used this money to allegedly pay a salary to one campaign official and personal expenses for himself.
Bannon, who peddled unfounded claims that the 2020 election was “rigged”, was heavily involved in Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign before they parted ways.
The pair fell out after Bannon was quoted slamming Trump’s children in the book Fire and Fury, which enraged the former president, who dubbed him “Sloppy Steve” and said Bannon had “lost his mind.”
Afterwards, Bannon apologized, stepped down as chairman of Breitbart, and said “Donald Trump, Jr. is both a patriot and a good man” in a statement to Axios at the time.
“My support is also unwavering for the president and his agenda,” he said.