Bannon, Kushner meet to clear air, end White House rift

When asked on "Fox News Sunday" why he pushed for Bannon's removal, McMaster said "this is not as significant as it appears, I think".

Although one associate of Bannon told New York Magazine that Bannon and Kushner used to have "an nearly uncle-nephew thing going", that has changed as Kushner has increasingly seen fit to challenge Bannon's populist ideology.

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.

President Trump is considering replacing chief of staff Reince Priebus and chief strategist Stephen Bannon, according to several reports. 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.

The White House strongly denied reports Friday that Trump is considering major changes to his senior White House staff amid clashes among top aides.

Reports are increasing that alt-right white nationalist and Breitbart veteran Steve Bannon could soon be shown the door.

The Washington Examiner is reporting that top Trump aid Priebus is now in the crosshairs after the latest in a twisting, turning chain of events took place causing more drama for the administration's inner workings.

President Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, flew into Iraq on Monday with the top US general to get a first-hand assessment of the battle against ISIS from USA commanders on the ground and Iraqi leaders.

On the travel ban, Trump was initially on board with Bannon's drafting of the executive order, but grew incensed when it became clear the order would not withstand judicial scrutiny, a source familiar with the president's thinking told The Associated Press.

Separately, Axios said Trump was considering Cohn and House Majority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy, among others, as possible chief of staff replacements.

Reports of widening tension and infighting among Trump's senior staffers-including his Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and Chief Strategist Stephen Bannon-are overblown and inaccurate, at least five senior administration officials told Fox News.

Nearing its first 100 days, Trump's presidency has been filled with personnel woes and limited policy victories.

According to former Trump advisers, Kushner is trying to steer the president towards more mainstream positions, while Bannon is bent on trying to maintain the nationalistic fervour that led to Trump's victory in the November election.

Trump himself - who has wielded a management style based on staff divisions and chaos - downplayed talk of a staff shakeup on Thursday.

  • Larry Hoffman