Bannon's Influence Over Trump Might Be Fading
- Author: Larry Hoffman Apr 13, 2017,
Apr 13, 2017, 20:38
So far, it's far from clear they'll be able to do that.
Bannon served as chief executive of Trump's presidential campaign after leaving his former role as executive chairman of the conservative Breitbart News past year.
The meeting was confirmed to the political news website Politico by two unnamed White House officials. And notice of a possible shake-up was a warning shot to his team to make adjustments. Lindsay Walters, a spokesperson for the White House said, "The only thing we are shaking up is the way Washington operates as we push the president's aggressive agenda forward".
President Trump ordered the two to settle their differences. With Flynn out of the picture, they said, there was no need for Bannon to remain on the council.
Two top aides to President Trump held a peace negotiation session this weekend to try and mend a rift that triggered speculation about a White House staff shakeup, officials said Saturday.
Meanwhile, the few allies Bannon does have appear to be rushing to figure out how to save his position, arguing it would be costly for Trump to get rid of someone who is seen as key to connect with his base.
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. Trump's first campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, was sacked in June during a tumultuous primary.
The stealth combat had come to a head midweek, when chief strategist Steve Bannon's departure from the National Security Council was revealed.
Mr Bannon is getting some of the blame for the administration's early stumbles because, one former adviser said, "The president demands results". His allies at an outside group supporting him run by his main benefactor, investor Rebekah Mercer, have also discussed him joining them to provide strategy.
Fox News has learned, however, that there is a schism between Bannon and a group led by Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner.
Serafin Gomez is a White House Producer for FOX News Channel, who also covered the 2016 election as a Special Events & Politics producer and former special campaign correspondent for Fox News Latino.
Already, Bannon and Kushner intervened when McMaster tried to fire Ezra Cohen-Watnick, the NSC's senior director for intelligence programs, reports The Hill. "And I think some stories are made to distract from the success that he's had this week".
President Donald Trump thrives on internal debate but does not like "when people are leaking or criticizing to the outside".
The White House dismissed persistent talk that Mr Trump might be on the verge of a staff shakeup.
Steve Bannon wants you to know that, if he gets fired, it won't be because he's bad at his job (don't be fooled by those failed travel bans and health-care bill, he is actually extremely good at deconstructing the administrative state).
The stories about infighting "probably bother him some", Gingrich said.