Former 60 Minutes producer Ira Rosen is releasing a new book entitled Ticking Clock: Behind the Scenes at “60 Minutes,” and claims that former Donald Trump confidant Steve Bannon pushed him to write about significant health concerns Bannon had about Trump at the time.
During an interview published on Tuesday, Rosen claimed that Bannon told him that Trump was suffering from early-stage dementia and that he was facing potential removal under the 25th amendment.
Rosen wrote in an excerpt of his book that “[Bannon’s] criticism of Trump privately to me took on a different tone … He believed Trump was suffering from early-stage dementia and that there was a real possibility that he would be removed from office by the 25th Amendment.”
Rosen claimed that Bannon believed Trump may be experiencing dementia because “Trump was repeating the same stories over and over again,” referring back to a New York Times piece in 2017 that echoed claims of that a group of GOP Senators noticed similar patterns, observing “a president so repetitive and rambling, some thought he might be suffering from early Alzheimer’s.”
“Bannon kept saying this,” Rosen claimed. “And he wanted to do something about it.” Rosen added that Bannon pushed him to add the story in his book, even going so far as to text Rosen personally: “You need to do the 25th Amendment piece. By the way, brother, I never steer you wrong.”
Bannon himself, who has not been in Trump’s inner circle since 2017, recently pushed back against Rosen’s claims in an episode of his podcast, War Room. Bannon claimed that Rosen’s assertions about Trump’s mental health and Bannon’s characterization of it were “total fantasy” and a “total lie.”
Rumors about Trump’s mental health rose again during the 2020 election cycle as Democrats looked to deflect attention from the cognitive gaps in Joe Biden’s presentation onto Donald Trump. As it currently stands, any rumors about Trump’s mental health have been entirely unsubstantiated by those asserting a decline.