this is "nightline." >> tonight, unfriendly fire. president trump setting his sights on steve bannon after the former chief strategist allegedly calling donald trump jr.'s meeting with russians treasonous. >> going after the president's son is probably not the best way to curry favor with anybody. >> what the president says now about his former friend. and a new book making surprising claims about the first lady. plus chef curry. her nba might be king of the court. when it comes to the kitchen, she's the warrior. >> we have our jamaica johnnycakes. >> this is the specialty? >> this is the specialty, my recipe. >> celebrity chef ayesha curry dishing on her marriage and family life. >> one thing my mom told me was
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former insider. steve bannon reportedly expressing some harsh opinions about the president's son, donald jr., prompting an unprecedented response from the white house. here's abc's david wright. >> reporter: together they promised to make america great again. >> i like steve a lot. >> donald trump was the best candidate i think we've had since ronald reagan. >> reporter: as of tonight, their bromance is now bust. >> you thought 2017 was just unpredictable, we're three days into the new year and this is unreal. >> reporter: steve bannon quoted in a new book reportedly using words like treasonous, unpatriotic, to characterize that june 2016 meeting at trump tower with a russian lawyer claiming to have dirt on hillary clinton. tonight the president's lawyers are telling bannon to cease and desist his disparaging comments. >> furious, disgusted would probably certainly fit. >> reporter: the president isn't happy at all. >> going after the president's son in an absolutely outrageous and unprecedented way is
probably not the best way to curry favor with anybody. >> reporter: according to the book "fire and fury" by journalist michael wolfff, bannon says they should have called the fbi immediately, and bannon reportedly predicts they're going to crack don jr. like an egg on national tv. today's white house briefing, trump's reaction to bannon drew more questions than his war of words with north korea's leader. even though trump and kim jong-un have been trading taunts about nuclear missiles. just last night, trump tweeted his nuclear button is much bigger and more powerful than kim's. with bannon, trump really took off the gloves. issuing not merely a tweet but a formal white house statement shunning his former chief strategist. the president of the united states writing, steve bannon has nothing to do with me or my presidency. when he was fired, he not only lost his job, he lost his mind. trump goes on to say, steve had very little to do with our
historic victory and insists steve doesn't represent my base, he's only in it for himself." >> we've seen today a major shift. bannon was the closest political person to the president for months, since he entered the campaign. i would say this is a monumental rift. >> reporter: the trump and bannon partnership has been one of the most tumultuous political relationships in recent history. >> another major shakeup at the white house -- >> steve bannon, president trump's powerful chief strategist, is out. >> reporter: just months ago the president lavished praise on bannon. >> i have a very good relationship as you know with steve bannon, a friend of mine for a long time, i like steve a lot. >> reporter: bannon on "60 minutes" expressed no hard feelings toward trump. >> i'm a street fighter. by the way, i think that's why donald trump and i get along so well, donald trump's a fighter, great counterpuncher. >> reporter: bannon now on the outside, appear to have had plenty of scores to settle with people around trump. >> right now, it's a season of war against a gop establishment.
>> reporter: threatening to challenge any republican leader who dared stand in the way of the trump agenda. >> this is not my war. this is our war. they're just looking to find out who's going to be brute does to your julius caesar. >> reporter: the republican party leadership convinced the president to back a more conventional candidate for the alabama senate seat -- >> luther strange is our man. >> reporter: bannon got out the vote for the firebrand. >> this is not about judge moore. it's not about donald trump. this is about you. this is about you. 100%. >> reporter: moore's victory in the primaries ultimately got the president on the bandwagon. >> get out and vote for roy moore. >> reporter: but that political bet did not pay off. even the president's endorsement was not enough to help moore overcome allegations of sexual impropriety that tarnished his campaign. the result? >> i do. >> congratulations.
>> reporter: today a democrat was sworn in for an alabama senate seat for the first time in 25 years. today's rift is not about alabama. it's about issues that hit much closer to home for president trump. specifically the russia investigation, that famous trump tower meeting, and the president's own son. don jr. admits he regrets taking that meeting with the russian lawyer. >> in retrospect, i probably would have done things a little differently. >> reporter: the president has backed his son up. >> i think from a practical standpoint, most people would have taken that meeting. it's called opposition research, or even research into your opponent. >> reporter: the president insists he was not aware of the meeting at the time, but the new book "fire and fury" says bannon is casting serious doubt on that claim. "the chance that don jr. didn't walk them up to his father's office on the 26th floor is zero." is that opinion potentially significant to the special counsel's investigation? >> mr. mueller, are you
investigating the president? >> reporter: probably not. >> steve bannon apparently says this was a treasonous, unpatriotic meeting, and that they should have called the fbi right away. is that legally significant? >> there's a big difference between unpatriotic and treason. treason is a legal term. and to commit treason, you really have to do some very bad stuff. but most importantly, it has to be during a time of war. >> bannon was not in the room for that meeting. he joined the campaign months after that meeting. sounds like he's entitled to his opinion, right? >> yeah, he's entitled to his opini opinion. sounds like what he really means to say is, boy was this dumb. this never should have happened. that's different than treason. >> reporter: bannon is just one of more than 200 trump insiders that journalist michael wolfff says he spoke with for his new book due out next week. today's bannon/trump feud likely to be the appetizer, the first of several big bombshells. >> it seemed the white house
learned about this book in realtime today and it took just minutes for them to go on the attack mode. they are dismissing the book as trashy tabloid fiction. but as much as aides here might want to now distance themselves from steve bannon, he was a principal architect of the trump administration. this has to be a sting for them. >> reporter: abc news has obtained an advance copy of the book. among the other claims, that trump didn't expect to win on election night. the book quotes don jr. saying his father looked as if he'd seen a ghost when he was finally told he'd clinched it. >> there was a sense none of them believed that the president was going to win in this race. and the book reports the president himself didn't think he was going to win. >> reporter: wolff says first lady melania trump did not want her husband to win, and when he did she "was in tears and not of joy." today the first lady disputed that, insisting she was confident he would win and was very happy when he did. wolff's book reports that ivanka
trump entertains hopes of running for president someday herself, hoping to become america's first woman president. wolff also quotes steve bannon calling ivanka dumb as a brick. >> we've always heard in donald trump there's rings of people surrounding him, and the closest ring is family. and that's obviously what ivanka trump and jared kushner represent. we've heard over the course of the last year, there's always been this rift between the family associates, the people in the family, and many of the outer rings. >> reporter: wolff's book paints a picture of a president who is isolated in the extreme. who, according to wolff, goes to bed at 6:30 p.m. to eat cheeseburgers, make phone calls, and watch television. late tonight bannon was on sirius satellite radio, not denying what he's quoted as saying in the book, but not lashing out at the president either. >> the president of the united states is a great man, you know i support him day in and day out -- >> reporter: tonight the white house is calling the book trashy fiction. but it ended up leading the
evening news. >> steve bannon turning on this white house, turning on the president's family. >> furious and disgusted. president trump ripping steve bannon tonight. >> reporter: with advance publicity like this, it's likely to be a best-seller. i'm david wright for "nightline" in new york. next, don't call her an nba wife. celebrity chef ayesha curry is her own woman, juggling career and family. tonight, inside her marriage to one of the league's biggest stars. my friend susie cracks me up. but one laugh, and hello sensitive bladder. ring a bell? then you have to try always discreet. i didn't think protection this thin could work. but the super absorbent core turns liquid to gel. for incredible protection... ...that's surprisingly thin. so it's out of sight... ...and out of mind. always discreet. for bladder leaks. also in liners.
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author, model, tv host, and now restaurateur. ayesha curry is one of today's busiest moguls. she tells "nightline's" juju chang how she manages to do it all and still watch her husband's nba games. >> reporter: it's sort of like ayesha curry's opening night. what get is you all nervous? >> i think it's the first time that i'm putting myself out there, making yourself vulnerable. >> reporter: this night launching her flagship restaurant here in her adopted hometown of san francisco. and we're right there with her for all the bustle of her big day. >> johnnycakes -- >> this is like performance art, very exciting. it's so cool just watching everybody come together. >> it looks like chaos, the hours before, then sort of just starts into this beautiful performance. >> reporter: it's this face that's become so familiar. to her 5 million followers on instagram. and her wildly popular twitter feed. it's not just on social media.
>> we're going to strain this into our pitcher -- >> reporter: she's on the food network. >> you see that color? >> reporter: as cohost on abc's "the great american baking show." >> i'm ayesha curry. >> this is your first signature challenge -- >> reporter: this is her dolled up as one of the latest celebrity cover girl models. >> no matter the arena, i always find the spotlight. >> reporter: but this mogul in the making is quickly becoming a brand with her own contact ware line, a kid-friendly home cooking service, all while raising two precocious girls whose adorable antics often go viral. you're juggling eight different titles. >> obviously mom and wife first. those are the two most important titles. >> reporter: oh, right, she's married to this guy. two-time nba champ steph curry. yet one of the titles you didn't say is "nba wife." >> yeah, no. i don't think -- uh-uh. that's not -- >> that's not really a title, in your view? >> i don't think i'll ever call
myself that. i feel like -- i mean, i don't think my husband would call himself chef's wife. >> there you go. >> reporter: the powerhouse pair ubiquitous on social media, even launching a video game app. >> welcome to chef curry. >> we're going to be busy today, please don't cry, sweetie. business is booming. >> reporter: the childhood sweethearts met in their local church youth group. she was 14, steph was 15. >> we didn't start dating until he was in college, but we're going on a decade this august. >> incredible. >> i'm like, oh my gosh. >> is it true that the first time you went to a game, it was like when you were 19 and you barely understood how big a deal he was? >> oh no, i had no idea. walking into that basketball game, i was so freaking confused. i was like, what? why does everybody have your number on their back? and now of course i'm a die-hard fan, i love it so much. >> reporter: she's a staple in the stands cheering her husband on at nearly every warriors home game. and he often returns the favor, making a cameo on her cooking show. >> you don't have to give
yourself a round of applause, i know the drink is good. >> reporter: and supporting her at her restaurant. i love the way you both support each other, though. >> yeah, i think it's important. one thing that my mom always told me was to never lose yourself inside of your marriage. >> reporter: this restaurant is part her vision. her third in the international smoke franchise. along with celebrated chef michael mina, they've carefully crafted a menu that's a global fusion take on barbecue. tell me about your partnership with ayesha. you know, some would argue she's an untrained or self-taught chef. >> ayesha is really humble and it's all about this idea of how do you continue to create just great food for your family, for your guests. >> reporter: ayesha says her daughters keep her plenty busy but admits she and the hubby are thinking about the timing for another member of the curry squad. you did the three, four-year gap? >> i did. >> take your time, take a deep
breath. everybody is like -- because your life is on steroids right now. >> it's weird right now. my husband's like -- last year heaves like, for the whole year, he's been like, okay, time for another one. i'm like, give me a minute to breathe. >> reporter: at just 28, she's clearly not slowing down. just last month she made the coveted "forbes" "30 under 30" list. >> you're constantly like on the go. >> yeah, i like -- i'm like a chicken with my head cut off, there's always a million and five things going on. >> literally doing makeup on the go. >> i'm lucky i'm even doing this today. later on today i'll put a little bit more on. >> here's the thing, though. most cover girls don't need a whole lot of makeup. cover girl models don't need them. >> reporter: ayesha's never been shy about sharing opinions. in september her husband publicly decided to skip the white house visit, as is customary after the golden state warriors won the nba championship. it prompted a tweet from the president. going to the white house is considered a great honor for a championship team. stefan curry is hesitating,
therefore invitation is withdrawn." ayesha responded with an eye roll tweeting a link to a hurricane relief effort. did you regret it? or were you okay with it? >> no, not at all. i used that opportunity to talk about something important. >> reporter: and last month steph curry publishing an editorial in support of athletes taking a knee to protest police brutality. >> you said you were plowed of him for taking that stance. do you feel like you have to take a stand politically? >> i don't think it's a necessity. but i'm always going to stand up for my beliefs and stand behind them. >> what are the core values that you would sort of speak up for? >> i feel really strongly about immigration. my mom as well, she's from jamaica. i just think about all the families that could be affected by these ill decisions that are being made and it breaks my heart. >> reporter: her parents are here, rooting for their daughter on her opening night.
>> serious on point, oh my goodness. i hope that's cover girl. >> reporter: some of the menu items pay homage to her family's rich heritage. do you have a signature dish here? >> i grew up eating jamaican johnnycake. >> you brought your family home cooking into the restaurant? >> oh, yeah, absolutely. yeah, whenever i can, i sneak it in there. >> reporter: but now it's time to get down to business. >> it's going to be a fun night. fingers crossed. >> reporter: for the big night. i brought along my mom and my squad of sisters and family. >> cheers. >> cheers. >> reporter: back to help me sample the delicacies. >> so we have our jamaican johnnycake. >> oh, this is the specialty. >> this is the specialty, this is my recipe. >> juicy. >> that middle one is spicy. >> try the cornbread. >> so good, thank you. >> thank you. >> it's great. >> i love that you guys are all packed into this booth. >> we're so happy to be together, actually. >> it's got to be nice. >> reporter: for ayesha, perhaps that's the sure sign of a good
dish. >> go get another order. >> reporter: creating a flavor -- >> one more order of johnnycakes. >> reporter: -- that helps bring people together. for "nightline," i'm juju chang in san francisco. and next, what does the cool-io song "gangsta's paradise" have to do with jeopardy? when we come back. ( ♪ ) with 33 individual vertebrae and 640 muscles in the human body, no two of us are alike. life made more effortless through adaptability. the perfect position seat
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and finally tonight, this viral "jeopardy" moment, a reminder that too much reading and not enough rap music could cost you some serious cash money. >> a song by coolio from "dangerous minds" goes back in time to become a 1667 john milton classic. nick? >> what is "gangster's paradise lost"? >> yes. our judges have re-evaluated one of your responses a few moments ago, nick.
you said "gangster's" instead of "gangsta's" on that song by coolio. so, we take $3,200 away from you. so, you are now in second place. >> what? tough break. but like a true gangsta, nick battled back to win the game. thank you for watching "nightline." as always we're online, our "nightline" facebook page. thanks for the company, america. good night. on our "nightline" facebook page. thanks for watching and good night, america.