To Trump, that wasn't that different from life in Trump Tower - where he liked the decor better.
Mercer's statement comes after Bannon infuriated Trump for providing author Michael Wolff with disparaging comments about the president, his family, the administration and the campaign in the newly released book Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House. "Look at this guy's past and watch what happens to him and Sloppy Steve!"
Earlier on Thursday, Trump had lambasted Wolff's book on Twitter.
White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders is criticizing former White House adviser Steve Bannon, saying "we've seen a side that is frankly very, very disappointing". "I never understood how he knew these people and ended up choosing them". He said he spent about three total hours talking with the president.
In the last few days, many of the top supporters and funders of Bannon have deserted him after Trump in a strongly worded statement said that Bannon had "lost his mind" and that he had nothing to do with his presidency. "I think that would qualify as not smart, but genius.and a very stable genius at that!" I never sought one.
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The First Couple were said to have separate bedrooms and the President wanted a lock for his room, much to the annoyance of the Secret Service.
Justin Bethel, manager of the Politics and Prose bookstore, said its 30 copies sold out quickly.
"The drama is really what's driving interest", she said.
Excerpts from Michael Wolff's book, repeated often in the liberal media, say sources close to the president claim he is forgetful and doesn't have the intellectual capacity to grasp the complex policy and politics of being president.
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