Washington — US President Donald Trump denounced his former top strategist, Steve Bannon, on Wednesday in a dramatic break from the man considered an architect of Trump’s populist campaign. "When he was fired, he not only lost his job, he lost his mind," Trump said in a statement issued after the publication of excerpts of a new book in which Bannon criticises the president and his family. "Now that he is on his own, Steve is learning that winning isn’t as easy as I make it look." Bannon has lost the access to the president that he’s enjoyed since leaving the White House in August, one person familiar with the matter said. Trump’s lawyers sent Bannon a cease-and-desist letter, threatening legal action and accusing him of violating a nondisclosure agreement, ABC News reported. Earlier on Wednesday, The Guardian published excerpts of a forthcoming book by author Michael Wolff in which Bannon predicts that Special Counsel Robert Mueller will "crack Don Junior like an egg on national TV...

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