Trump goes after Bannon

U-S President Donald Trump is blasting his former chief strategist ahead of the release of a new, unflattering book.

Trump writes in the statement that when Steve Bannon was fired, ``he not only lost his job, he lost his mind.''

A new book by writer Michael Wolff offers a series of explosive revelations, including that Trump never expected to win the 2016 presidential race.

An adaptation of ``Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House'' published today in New York magazine says Trump believed his nomination would boost his brand and deliver ``untold opportunities.''

 An excerpt published by The Guardian also says Bannon described a Trump Tower meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and a group of Russians as ``treasonous'' and ``unpatriotic.''