Kushner, Bannon Meet to Clear the Air Amid Reports of Infighting
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Apr 12, 2017,
Apr 12, 2017, 6:32
Bannon, according to the reports, in turn resents Kushner for bringing into the White House figures associated with Democrats.
President Donald Trump reportedly ordered his son-in-law Jared Kushner and his top aide ex-Breitbart.com CEO Stephen K. Bannon to have a sit-down meeting to clear the air when they arrived at Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort this weekend.
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.
As evidence of that success, Walters noted the Senate's confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, Trump's recent meetings with foreign leaders and the USA missile strikes in Syria.
Tensions only increased in recent weeks, and reports indicate Trump has considered a White House shake-up to replace Bannon and Priebus.
Bannon and Kushner have purportedly clashed over policy differences, with both Bannon and conservative media allied with him criticizing Kushner's more moderate positions.
Relevant to your professional network? The New York Times reported that Trump is apparently unhappy with the way magazines and talk shows refer to his strategist as "President Bannon", as well as the credit Bannon has received for setting the administration's agenda.
A White House official disputed the reports, saying White House chief of staff Reince Priebus held a meeting with Bannon and Kushner to "get them on the same page", according to CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta.
Another Twitter account offered a more aggressive solution on Bannon and Kushner: "They're both unqualified hired by someone who's unqualified".
Bannon had fought internally against the Syrian intervention - one of the most momentous decisions of Trump's young presidency - and lost.
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.
The move came as part of a greater shake up by H.R. McMaster, the President's new National Security Advisor.
Separately, Axios said Trump was considering Cohn and House Majority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy, among others, as possible chief of staff replacements.
"Reince is chief of staff", said a source. "He's not going anywhere".
During Trump's dinner with President Xi Jinping of China the seating chart seemed to suggest a Bannon who was being kept at arm's length while Kushner was seated next to Xi's wife.
Republican strategist Charlie Black, who has known Mr Trump for 30 years, said he did not think a shakeup was imminent and the current White House reflects Mr Trump's traditional approach to running his business.
"He's always had a spokes-to-the-wheel management style", said Black.
Reuters reported, citing an unnamed White House official, that Priebus' message to Bannon and Kushner was to "stop with the palace intrigue" and focus on the president's agenda.