Steve Bannon says Ivanka Trump is 'dumb as a brick'

  • Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon called White House senior adviser Ivanka Trump "dumb as a brick" in a new book, "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House," by journalist Michael Wolff.
  • Bannon has previously feuded with Ivanka and her husband, Jared Kushner, another top White House adviser, but Bannon dramatically escalated his public attacks on the Trump family in Wolff's book.


Steve Bannon, the former White House chief strategist, called Ivanka Trump, the president's eldest daughter and top White House adviser, "dumb as a brick" in journalist Michael Wolff's new book, "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, according to The Wall Street Journal, which reviewed a manuscript of the book on Wednesday.

Earlier Wednesday, The Guardian and New York Magazine published excerpts of the book, which included a host of critical comments by Bannon about top West Wing advisers and members of the president's family.

A spokesman for Ivanka did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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The first daughter had her fair share of controversies, see which ones made the internet ablaze.

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The Trump family simply cannot be trusted https://t.co/1pji0kwcsY

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Twitter was quick to criticize Ivanka's choice of hot dogs with marshmallows. 

"If the facts don't fit the theory, change the facts." - Albert Einstein #quote #sunday

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The first daughter was mocked online for misquoting Albert Einstein in a tweet.

I am proud to support my LGBTQ friends and the LGBTQ Americans who have made immense contributions to our society and economy.

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Ivanka's tweet was quickly used against her after the president announced that the military will no longer accept transgender people.

Overjoyed by these beautiful letters. Reading them is one of the highlights of my week. 😍 https://t.co/AF5tSMHnB6

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Many people zeroed in on one of the photographs that seemed to show Ivanka Trump with money sign eyes.

"Our boy can become president of the USA and we can engineer it. I will get all of Putin's team to buy in on this"… https://t.co/4XGphBrgK4

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Former Trumpa adviser claimed he "arranged" for Ivanka to sit in Putin's chair during a trip to Moscow.

How much more proof do you need that she isn't an innocent bystander? This embarrasses us. When we aren't in tears, we try to figure out how to respond to what is so violent about this as a depiction of a woman who claims to speak for female empowerment. #ivankaforpresident

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Ivanka Trump was largely criticized for staying silent on women's issues such as healthcare and sexual harassment.

The Mooch Drops A Bomb About Ivanka and Tom Brady’s Dating History https://t.co/6iT4Opcylp https://t.co/5e99VoXH1N

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Drama unfolded as former White House communications director, Anthony Scaramucci, said that Tom Brady and Ivanka Trump once dated.

"[Ivanka] wanted to make the trip. She said, 'Dad, can I go with you?' She said actually, 'Daddy, can I go with you… https://t.co/6TIx150Ttn

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Ivanka Trump made the internet cringe when she made a "daddy plea" earlier this year.

The first daughter sent the internet ablaze when she revealed she suffered from postpartum depression. She was heavily criticized for sharing the detail especially when women were at risk of losing their health care under the proposed Graham-Cassidy bill, an attempt at dismantling the Affordable Care Act.

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"Otherwise" implies you did not like hangin with this baby. https://t.co/oB5IEZmOf3

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Ivanka Trump was mocked online for using the word "otherwise" incorrectly.

Don’t forget: Ivanka Trump used personal email for government business. We obtained records revealing she did so ev… https://t.co/Z7vHeXT84S

Perhaps Ivanka can teach kids how to re-route their emails so that they won't be discovered. Also, why does she hav… https://t.co/DLsoC50Yb8

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After writing an op-ed for the New York Times, Ivanka Trump was schooled for claiming that introducing computer science as early as kindergarten was part of her "White House portfolio." She was criticized for not being an expert on either education or tech.

a running list of words Ivanka Trump doesn't know how to use: relative, albeit https://t.co/IHg2xFcI1E

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A journalist complied all of the words Ivanka Trump used incorrectly. 

I am pretty sure I found Jared and Ivanka’s anniversary sex playlist https://t.co/ksFuahEzdU

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The internet went wild after someone discovered an anniversary playlist Ivanka Trump made on Spotify, which some called, her anniversary sex playlist.

Ivanka Trump made a splash in Japan with this two-piece pink suit, but many were quick to point out that the above-the-knee skirt was a little too short for professional matters.

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1:2 Wishing Meghan and Prince Harry a lifetime of love, laughter and happiness together. https://t.co/fgjJhCfYnr https://t.co/8YP3Nzef5I

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After Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced their engagement, the first daughter congratulated the couple -- but many were quick to say she only offered the public congratulations as an attempt to get an invite to the royal wedding.

Peak-a-boo! ♥️

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The first daughter posted this adorable picture on Instagram with the caption "Peak-a-boo" -- a misspelling which wasn't overlooked by many of her social media followers.

Ivanka Trump calls food an "investment" for families, like "Mommy and Me classes" https://t.co/ZKySeIW05Q By… https://t.co/7lXNOnfsSg

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The first daughter was ripped for calling food an "investment" during an interview.

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This isn't the first time Bannon has taken a public shot at Ivanka. In December, Bannon criticized Republicans who did not support Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, who was accused of committing sexual misconduct with teenage girls, saying, "There's a special place in hell for Republicans who should know better." This appeared to be a direct rebuke of Ivanka, who said in November, "There's a special place in hell for people who prey on children," referring to Moore.

President Donald Trump responded to Bannon's new comments in a statement released to reporters on Wednesday.

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

Trump and White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders both minimized Bannon's role in the White House, claiming that the former Trump campaign chief exaggerated his influence. But Trump hired Bannon following the election to work as an "equal partner" with former White House chief of staff Reince Priebus, making him one of the most powerful voices in the West Wing.

"Steve doesn't represent my base — he's only in it for himself," Trump said. "Steve pretends to be at war with the media, which he calls the opposition party, yet he spent his time at the White House leaking false information to the media to make himself seem far more important than he was. It is the only thing he does well. Steve was rarely in a one-on-one meeting with me and only pretends to have had influence to fool a few people with no access and no clue, whom he helped write phony books."

Bannon resigned from his White House post in August after he gave a series of on-the-record interview concerning internal White House business. Trump and Bannon appeared to be on good terms at the time of Bannon's departure and Trump defended Bannon against claims that his former top advisor is a racist, calling him a "good person" in August.

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US President Donald Trump (L) congratulates Senior Counselor to the President Stephen Bannon during the swearing-in of senior staff in the East Room of the White House on January 22, 2017 in Washington, DC.

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U.S. President Donald Trump (L-R), is joined by Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, Vice President Mike Pence, senior advisor Steve Bannon, Communications Director Sean Spicer and National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, as he speaks by phone with Russia's President Vladimir Putin in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, U.S., January 28, 2017. Jonathan Ernst: "Very early in the Trump administration, weekends were as busy as weekdays. On Trump's second Saturday the official schedule said he would be making private phone calls to a number of world leaders including Russia's Vladimir Putin. I arrived early and, before sitting down at my desk walked up to Press Secretary Sean Spicer's office. He, too, was just taking his coat off. I gingerly made the suggestion that previous administrations had sometimes allowed photos of such phone calls through the Oval Office windows on the colonnade. To my mild shock, he didn't even think about it twice. "We'll do it!" he said. In truth, I really only expected the Putin call, but we were outside the windows multiple times throughout the day as the calls went on."

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U.S. President Donald Trump talks to chief strategist Steve Bannon during a swearing in ceremony for senior staff at the White House in Washington, U.S. January 22, 2017.

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Trump advisers Steve Bannon (L) and Jared Kushner (R) listen as U.S. President Donald Trump meets with members of his Cabinet at the White House in Washington, U.S., June 12, 2017.

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Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump (C) and campaign CEO Steve Bannon (R) listen to National Park Service Interpretive Park Ranger Caitlin Kostic (2nd R) on a brief visit to Gettysburg National Military Park in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, U.S. October 22, 2016.

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U.S. President Donald Trump (L-R), joined by Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, Vice President Mike Pence, senior advisor Steve Bannon, Communications Director Sean Spicer and National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, speaks by phone with Russia's President Vladimir Putin in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, U.S. January 28, 2017.

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U.S. President Donald Trump signs a memorandum to security services directing them to defeat the Islamic State in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, U.S. January 28, 2017. Pictured with him are White House senior advisor Steve Bannon (L-R), National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn, Vice President Mike Pence, Deputy National Security Advisor K. T. McFarland, National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, National Security Council Chief of Staff Keith Kellogg and senior advisor Kellyanne Conway.

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Trump advisor Steve Bannon (L) watches as US President Donald Trump greets Elon Musk, SpaceX and Tesla CEO, before a policy and strategy forum with executives in the State Dining Room of the White House February 3, 2017 in Washington, DC.

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Senior Advisor Jared Kusher, White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon and President Donald Trump arrive at the start of a meeting with Senate and House legislators, in the Roosevelt Room at the White House, February 2, 2017 in Washington, DC. Lawmakers included in the meeting were Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX), Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Rep. Richard Neal (D-MA).

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Sanders called Wolff's book "trashy tabloid fiction" "filled with false & misleading accounts from individuals who have no access or influence with the White House."

Wolff's book will be released on January 9.

Allan Smith contributed to this report.

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