'Sloppy Steve': Trump Gives His Old Buddy Bannon A Nasty Nickname

In a book that reveals aspects of President Donald Trump's inner circle, an interview with Steve Bannon reveals the strategist thinks Trump Jr. is "going to crack like an egg."

Steve Bannon points finger and holds microphone

UPDATE: President Donald Trump, who happily dishes out nicknames of a derogatory nature on a regular basis, created another one directed toward his former chief strategist, Steve Bannon, calling him “Sloppy Steve” earlier this week.

Trump coined the nickname in a tweet on Thursday night following reports on the day before that revealed, in interviews with author Michael Wolff, Bannon had spoke disparagingly of his former boss.

Bannon had called a meeting at Trump Tower in 2016 between Russian individuals with strong ties to the Kremlin and members of the Trump campaign, including Donald Trump Jr., son-in-law Jared Kushner, and campaign manager Paul Manafort, “treasonous,” among other things.

Specifically singling out the president’s son, Bannon explained to Wolff that investigators looking into Russia’s involvement in the campaign were “going to crack Don Junior like an egg on national TV.”

The president responded the same day the book excerpt interviews were released, claiming that Bannon was a small figure in his campaign and had little influence with his administration.

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

Apparently not satisfied with ending it there, Trump authored another tweet on Thursday night, even after Bannon publicly stated he still supported the president.

Trump told his followers to “watch what happens [to Wolff] and Sloppy Steve” at the end of his tweet.

Within hours, “Sloppy Steve” was in the trending list on Twitter in the United States.

The fact that it trended likely prompted Trump to poke at Bannon again on Friday morning for losing funding from a prominent conservative family, and accusing him of leaking information to the press while he worked at the White House — and, oh yes, calling him “Sloppy Steve” again while doing so.

The jabs made at Bannon by Trump are comical, to an extent. But they are part of a greater pattern that demonstrates our president is nothing more than a bully. “Sloppy Steve” is just the latest example in a lineup of insults, directed toward Trump’s adversaries, that include “Crooked Hillary,” “Little Marco,” and “Pocahontas” among many others.

This spat between Bannon and Trump is indicative of a president who is an embarrassing leader for this country, and highlights the drama he brings with him in whatever endeavor he chooses to pursue. America can do much better than a dramatic, temperamental commander-in-chief who can’t help but get upset if any semblance of criticism or negative attention is directed his way.

UPDATE: President Donald Trump is trying to stop the publication of Michael Wolff's explosive and highly-anticipated book about his campaign and presidency.

According to The Washington Post, lawyers have sent a cease-and-desist letter to book's publisher, Henry Holt and Co., demanding it “immediately cease and desist from any further publication, release or dissemination of the book” while also requiring an apology to Trump and a copy of "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House" in full.

Trump’s legal team has also sent a cease-and-desist letter to former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, ordering him to refrain from making “disparaging statements” against the commander-in-chief and first family, according to ABC News.

The president’s legal team claimed Bannon, who also served as Trump’s campaign chief and played a significant part in furthering his white supremacist ideology, breached a non-disclosure agreement he signed when he began working for the former reality TV star.

“You have breached the Agreement by, among other things, communicating with author Michael Wolff about Mr. Trump, his family members, and the Company [the Trump campaign], disclosing Confidential Information to Mr. Wolff, and making disparaging statements and in some cases outright defamatory statements to Mr. Wolff about Mr. Trump, his family members,” Trump attorney Charles Harder wrote.

Harder, who also represented Hulk Hogan in his infamous case against now-bankrupt Gawker Media, stated the “remedies” for the breach “include but are not limited to monetary damages.”

"On behalf of our clients, legal notice was issued today to Stephen K. Bannon, that his actions of communicating with author Michael Wolff regarding an upcoming book give rise to numerous legal claims including defamation by libel and slander, and breach of his written confidentiality and non-disparagement agreement with our clients," the lawyer added. "Legal action is imminent."

UPDATE: President Donald Trump has responded to comments made by his former chief strategist, Steve Bannon, who suggested in an interview that a meeting between the Trump campaign and Russian agents in 2016 bordered on treason.

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

Trump also stated that Bannon had “very little to do” with his campaign victory in 2016.

“Steve had everything to do with the loss of a Senate seat in Alabama,” Trump added, referring to a special election that was held in December.

Trump further accused Bannon of leaking stories to the media while working for him. Bannon "spent his time at the White House leaking false information to the media to make himself seem far more important than he was," Trump wrote.

A former adviser and trusted ally to President Donald Trump is calling a meeting between the president’s son, his son-in-law, and Russian officials that took place in the campaign summer of 2016 a "treasonous" activity.

Steve Bannon, who was chief strategist in the Trump White House before being forced out from his position in August 2017, was interviewed for a book set to be published that looks at the president's inner circle during his first year in office. While speaking to author Michael Wolff, Bannon said that investigators looking into the president's son are "going to crack Don Junior like an egg on national TV."

Bannon remarked that the meeting between Trump Jr., adviser and Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner, and Russians who promised dirt on Trump's Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, was incredibly short-sighted.

"The three senior guys in the campaign thought it was a good idea to meet with a foreign government inside Trump Tower in the conference room on the 25th floor – with no lawyers," he revealed, according to The Guardian. "They didn’t have any lawyers."

In no uncertain terms, Bannon was very critical of the meeting, even going so far as to say that the Trump campaign erred in not contacting the authorities.

"Even if you thought that this was not treasonous, or unpatriotic, or bad sh*t, and I happen to think it’s all of that, you should have called the FBI immediately," he said.

Bannon is a lot of things, but he's rarely the voice of reason. In this instance, however, he's absolutely correct: Top members of the Trump campaign acted foolishly in meeting with Russian agents who have deep ties to the Kremlin. They further made a mistake in not alerting the FBI or any other law enforcement agency of the meeting after being briefed that same summer on how Russia would try to infiltrate their campaign, a warning that was given to them around August 2016.

That they didn’t make contact with law enforcement over the meeting and the attempts by Russian officials to coordinate with their campaign speaks volumes to the “win by any means necessary” mentality that the Trump campaign had — and it’s highly revealing of how the campaign may not have even cared about that possibility at all, perhaps welcoming it.

More evidence of wrongdoing must be uncovered, and the investigation into the president’s campaign must continue unimpeded. But as additional information comes out every week, it seems that accusations of collusion between Russia and Trump may have some truth to them, despite the protestations made by the president on an almost daily basis on Twitter.

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