Feuding Donald Trump aides told to end 'palace intrigue'
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 11, 2017,
Apr 11, 2017, 4:47
Mr Bannon, Presdient Donald Trump's chief strategist, and Mr Kushner, the president's adviser and son-in-law, met at the urging of White House chief of staff Reince Priebus, who asked them to set aside their disagreements and focus on pursuing the president's agenda, according to an administration official.
Despite Trump's big news week, the White House is anxious that the stories of infighting and "palace intrigue" are supplanting stories about the president's successes.
Top aides Jared Kushner and Steve Bannon have reportedly been feuding for weeks.
A flurry of high-level leaks about Bannon supposedly threatening to resign - something he said he wasn't contemplating - convinced his allies that Jared Kushner, the president's adviser and son-in-law, had also turned on him.
On one side are Mr. Bannon's guerrilla warriors, eager to close the nation's borders, dismantle decades of regulations, empower police departments and take on the establishment of both parties in Washington.
Mr. Kushner and the others are said to be especially concerned about the geyser of bad headlines that have marked the President's first few months in office.
To President Trump's left sits his chief of staff Reince Priebus, National Security Advisor HR McMaster and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.
Since then, Trump has faced a number of setbacks to his young administration, including having an executive order on immigration blocked a second time by the courts, and failing to pass legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare.
The White House issued a statement Friday pushing back on the speculation.
In late January, Bannon was given a full seat in a move that downgraded the roles of the chairman of the Joint Chiefs and the director of national intelligence.
Reports of the West Wing infighting began pouring out this week after Bannon was booted from the President's National Security Council. White House spokeswoman Hope Hicks told CNN that the goal of Kushner's visit to Iraq was to get an update on anti-ISIS efforts from USA and Iraqi officials.
Mr Bannon is getting some of the blame for the administration's early stumbles because, one former adviser said, "The president demands results". With Flynn out of the picture, they said, there was no need for Bannon to remain on the council.
Trump removed Bannon from the National Security Council last week, in what was seen as a sign of national security adviser H.R. McMaster's growing clout. Bannon, White House chief strategist, is a flame-throwing populist who formerly ran Breitbart News. That group includes Kushner, who has emerged as a troubleshooter for the president and has clashed with Bannon. When Justice Antonin Scalia died in February 2016, McConnell declared the seat would not be filled by President Obama in his previous year in office.