If these statements are not true, Trump could move forward with legal action.
In the cease-and-desist letter to Henry Holt, Trump lawyer Charles Harder demanded that the publisher "cease and desist from any further publication, release or dissemination" of the book. Bannon did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Where once his rants about media figures and Manhattan lunch habits earned him the label of "It Boy of New York Media", his list of curmudgeonly complaints about top figures has added up over the years. Lee stressed she and others are not diagnosing the president, but rather seeking to send a message to take seriously his fitness for the Oval Office.
All of that squares with Trump's method of hitting back "10 times harder", but it's hard to see how it helped the White House.
The book quotes Bannon describing a June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower involving Donald Trump Jr., other Trump campaign aides and Russians as "treasonous" and "unpatriotic". After all, by alienating the radicals and castigating America's emphatic alt-right media scene, Donald Trump has totally squandered the biggest and loudest weapons in his arsenal.
Bannon also told Wolff the investigations into potential collusion between Russia and Trump campaign officials would likely focus on money laundering. They also were due to discuss broader issues to highlight ahead of midterm elections in which Republicans will battle to keep control of Congress.
"It used to be inside of 30 minutes he'd repeat, word-for-word and expression-for-expression, the same three stories - now it was within 10 minutes".
Bannon, who was forced out of his White House job last summer, was not surprised or particularly bothered by the blowback, according to a person familiar with his thinking but not authorized to speak publicly on the matter.
CNN reported Bannon said on his satellite radio program Wednesday night that Trump was a "great man" after the president had blasted him earlier in the day. "You know, I support him day in and day out, whether going through the country giving the Trump miracle speech or on the show or on the website".
The former-and-current Breitbart News head has told associates that he believes Trump has been ill-served by some his closest allies, including eldest son Don Jr. and son-in-law Jared Kushner.
President Trump swiftly issued a written statement reading, "Steve Bannon has nothing to do with me or my Presidency".
So far, there is no indication that Bannon is being investigated by special counsel Robert Mueller. Also on the agenda is immigration policy including addressing protections for hundreds of thousands of young adults who were brought to the United States illegally as children.
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders called the book "fantasy" and fiction on Thursday.
"People will minimize the signs and also won't recognize it", she said, "but he will grow worse".
What did the lawyers say? In a November Q&A with Digiday, Wolff fed additional bait into the trap by denouncing media coverage of Trump and endorsing his stenographic interview style as a useful journalistic technique.
The Santa Monica, Calif., police report says that Bannon's then-wife claimed he pulled at her neck and wrist during an altercation over their finances, and an officer reported witnessing red marks on her neck and wrist to bolster her account.