MSNBC's Joe Scarborough has some predictable advice for Steve Bannon

President Donald Trump refused to give a ringing endorsement for chief strategist Steve Bannon amid reports of discord in the White House's inner circle.

While it's unclear whether President Trump's statement to the New York Post was an intentional effort to distance himself from Bannon, his words have fueled speculation that Bannon could be on his way out of the White House. "I am my own strategist", the president added, a pointed reference to what aides described as his growing irritation that Bannon is receiving credit for being the mastermind behind Trump's victory. "I'm my own strategist and it wasn't like I was going to change", he said.

Bannon, given Trump's recent comments, may do well to remember the age-old proverb that "blood is thicker than water".

Today, he occupies a West Wing office just steps from the Oval Office. She reportedly is "angrier than anyone". But it's still a little scary - and a lot weird - that Kushner has as much power as he does. Trump confirmed that to Goodwin, and in the process, may have revealed which side he's on.

Bannon's allies are concerned the chief strategist "is about to be pushed out", following the posting of an interview with Trump by New York Post columnist Michael Goodwin that was headlined "Trump won't definitively say he still backs Bannon".

"I know Steve. Steve is a very bright guy", Christie said. Who is next to go and who will be hired remains to be seen?

Indeed, the campaign was a succession of moments intermingled with the racist white supremacist movement.

In the end, whoever is advising in the White House, "this will be a Trump presidency", says former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, an informal Trump adviser.

All of which begs the question: What becomes of Trump and his administration if the Bannon gets the boot?

Bannon wanted to drag Trump, the Republican Party, and the American republic to his populist nationalist vision.

Yet it is also a risky proposition to push Bannon out, given his prominence and popularity among much of Trump's base and his far-right megaphone that still exists at Breitbart News.

Kushner, a globalist, has had the president's ear on matters of foreign policy.

The Whistler trip is the Kushner family's second ski vacation since Donald Trump's inauguration in January. The ADL noted the use of hashtags on Twitter like #firekushner, #kushnerswar and #Syriahoax, which began to appear a week ago.

Spicer apologized (apparently to GOP mega-donor Sheldon Adelson as well), but it's not his first flub. Trump came in on that wave, too - and as long as he's still there, you should put off the celebration and keep up the resistance.

Students of Trumpology are seeing signs that one of the president's most controversial advisers could be on his way out the door. President Obama had three over eight years (two in his first term); George W. Bush and Bill Clinton both had four (and also two in their first terms). They held a mock press conference beforehand and got close-up seats to the debate.

President Trump concluded the remarks without offering any assurance of Bannon's future. He sees the president's son-in-law an obstacle to influencing Trump's political moves, according to the Daily Beast.

"[Corey] knew there was a battle brewing".

  • Larry Hoffman