Bannon v. Kushner – April 09 2017 – By Scott Lucas – eaworldview – After his removal from National Security Council, chief strategist Bannon steps up row with Trump son-in-law Kushner.
Developments on Day 79 of the Trump Administration: White House Split Grows with Bannon v. Kushner.- The split within the White House staff, present since the start of the Trump Administration, widens with a rift between chief strategist Steve Bannon and Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior Jared Kushner.
The rise in Kushner’s influence, including his role as diplomatic envoy at large, and the demise of the GOP healthcare bill fed tensions; however, the conflict came into the open last week amid Bannon’s removal from the Principals Committee of the National Security Committee. This was followed by the approval of the first US airstrikes on the Assad regime inside Syria, a shift opposed by Bannon.
On Thursday, “two people familiar with the matter” said Trump demanded of Bannon and Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, “Work this out”.
A “White House official” — it is unclear whether from the Bannon, Kushner, or Trump camps — said that Priebus held a meeting with Bannon and Kushner to “get them on the same page” and that “all agreed to move forward”. But the claims of a battle persist. On Saturday, one source said Bannon’s message was that “Democrats will never run the White House”. The chief strategist often refers to Kushner and Trump’s top economic adviser Gary Cohn as “West Wing Democrats”, according to sources.
Meanwhile, the earlier rifts within the Administration reappeared with claims that Trump is considering potential replacements for Priebus.
The Trump White House has been divided from the start between hard-right ideologues led by Bannon and pragmatists including Priebus, Vice President Mike Pence, and the heads of agencies such as Defense Secretary James Mattis and — after he replaced Bannon ally Michael Flynn in February — National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster.
The strengthening position of Mattis and McMaster was seen in their leading role in encouraging Trump to shift from acceptance of Syria’s President Assad to Friday’s US missile strikes responding to an Assad regime chemical attack that killed more than 100 people last week. www.mesop.de