Following the release of the new book, “Fire and Fury,” in which former White House strategist Steve Bannon is quoted making scorching statements against President Trump, the president has given Bannon the nickname, “Sloppy Steve.”
Friday morning, President Trump shot out a brief comment on Twitter, noting that a major donor has now pulled their support from Bannon.
Robert Mercer, a hedge fund billionaire, along with this daughter, Rebekah Mercer, were a major supporter of Trump’s presidential run. The family has reportedly donated at least $36.6 million since 2010 to GOP candidates and super PACs. They have also been a huge donor to Breitbart News.
The Daily Beast reported that Rebekah Mercer spoke to President Trump Thursday afternoon in a phone call. Later in the day, Ms. Mercer released a statement publicly rebuking Bannon.
The Washington Post reported Mercer’s statement as follows: “I support President Trump and the platform upon which he was elected,” Mercer said. “My family and I have not communicated with Steve Bannon in many months and have provided no financial support to his political agenda, nor do we support his recent actions and statements.”
“The Mercer Family recently dumped the leaker known as Sloppy Steve Bannon. Smart!” President Trump tweeted Friday.
The Mercer Family recently dumped the leaker known as Sloppy Steve Bannon. Smart!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 5, 2018
The Mercers are stakeholders in Breitbart News, and speculation has arisen as to whether Bannon will be ousted from his own company.