Future uncertain for Reince Priebus, Steve Bannon in White House

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08 April, 2017

After a Republican health-care bill failed in Congress last month, "a source close to the president" told CNN that Trump was "upset that his son-in-law and senior adviser was not around during this crucial week".

According to numerous reports in the American media, the rival aides lead two opposing camps in the White House; Bannon, along with chief of staff Reince Preibus and aide Stephen Miller head the "nationalist camp" - pushing the Muslim travel ban, the failed healthcare bill and so on - and Kushner who along with his wife Ivanka Trump, and chief economic adviser Gary Cohn lead the more "liberal", NY camp, advocating moderation.

This kind of backstabbing has become a regular occurrence in a White House where, as the Times' article put it, "officials jockey for the ear of the president, angle for authority and seek to place blame for political defeats". Cohn and Powell are close to Kushner and Ivanka Trump, pitting Kushner against Bannon.

But Priebus insisted in late March that he was "not in any trouble" with Trump and that he had "a great relationship with the president".

According to the New York Times, Kushner made the omissions on forms required to receive top level security secrets and gain access to the most sensitive classified information of the USA government.

An administration official played down Bannon's removal, saying he was only on the council to "babysit" Flynn.

According to a Daily Beast report, Bannon calls Kushner "cuck" and "globalist" when Kushner isn't around. Priebus's job security has been the focus of intense speculation ever since he arrived at the White House, but no report of his imminent demise has ever come to fruition.

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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.

Trump is failing, and it looks like he is about to fire Steve Bannon and Reince Priebus.

"There's a big fight [going on]", said a thirdsenior official.

While Bannon favors Trump's controversial travel ban and the rolling back of environmental regulations and protections for transgender students, Kushner is attempting to exert a moderating force on the president. Cohn acts as Trump's chief economic adviser and Powell is a deputy national security adviser. He has said Kushner is a Democrat, according to The Times.

"If Bannon goes down, it's because he tied himself at the hip with Priebus", said one Bannon ally.

Senior officials in the Trump administration revealed that Bannon complained that Kushner was trying to push him out of positions of authority in the administration.


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