Kushner and Bannon beef continues to broil

President Donald Trump's White House has been sharply divided by the rivalry between his powerful son-in-law with unfettered access to the president and the ideologue behind Trump's populist rise.

"We gotta work this out", Trump told the pair on Thursday, according to a White House official.

White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon (C) leaves a meeting of the House Republican caucus at the U.S. Capitol March 23, 2017 in Washington, D.C.

Instead, it reflects a larger struggle to guide the direction of the Trump presidency, played out in disagreements over the policies Trump should pursue, the people he should hire and the image he should put forward to the American people.

Rumors have circulated that Trump is planning to dismiss his chief of staff Rance Preibus, and his key adviser Steve Bannon, in favor of former Goldman Sachs president Gary Cohn. On the other are Mr. Kushner's "Democrats", an appellation used to describe even Republicans who want to soften Mr. Trump's rough edges and broaden his narrow popular appeal after months of historically low poll numbers.

Earlier Friday, President Donald Trump was said to be fuming over recurring conflicts in the West Wing - including one alleged feud between Steve Bannon and Jared Kushner.

Bannon's removal from the National Security Council exacerbated a situation that boiled over later in the week. And while officials declined to detail the specific recommendations of Trump's top aides, the strikes that the President ordered reflected a break from the nationalist stance he adopted as a candidate that was driven, in large part, by Bannon's advice.

Anonymous sources who had seen the document told the paper that ahead of Trump's inauguration Kushner had met with both Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak and the head of state-owned bank Vnesheconombank, Sergey Gorkov.

Already, Bannon and Kushner intervened when McMaster tried to fire Ezra Cohen-Watnick, the NSC's senior director for intelligence programs, reports The Hill.

The Wall Street Journal reported Friday that Trump is considering replacing both Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and Bannon.

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.

"He's got a long fuse for that kind of thing", said one.

Kushner and Bannon had increasingly clashed in recent weeks over the policy direction of the White House, including issues such as trade, taxes and immigration.

"There was a thorough examination of a wide range of options, and I think the president made the correct choice and made the correct decision", said Tillerson.

While Trump initially signed off on the shock-and-awe method by which the ban was first unveiled, he has since grown angry that Bannon did not craft the executive order in such a way that it could stand up in court, according to a person familiar with the president's thinking but not permitted to discuss private conversations by name. "I think they have particular tension right now because the health bill failed".

  • Zachary Reyes