Steve Bannon said he thought Donald Trump had dementia and launched a covert plan to remove him as president through the 25th Amendment, according to a new book by the veteran TV producer Isa Rosen.
Rosen shared the revelation while discussing his memoir based on his work on CBS’ iconic news show 60 Minutes called Ticking Clock: Behind the Scenes at 60 Minutes,’ on Skullduggery, a Yahoo News podcast.
In the memoir, released this week, he 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.”
The 25th Amendment exists for when the president is incapable of carrying out his duties.
Bannon, a former Executive Chairman of the hard-right Breitbart News, was Chief Executive Officer of Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign. He served as White House Chief Strategist and Senior Counselor to the President until Trump fired him in 2017, less than seven months after the inauguration.
Rosen told podcast hosts Michael Isikoff and Daniel Klaidman that Trump “turned on Bannon” after he appeared on a Time magazine cover in February 2017, weeks after the president was sworn in.
Calling it a“conspiracy” in his book, the award-winning TV producer added: “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.”
Bannon even visited Republican super donor Robert Mercer’s home and tried to recruit him to the plot, said Rosen.
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