Trump Administration Infighting Comes To A Head

Frederick Owens
April 21, 2017

Multiple sources close to the administration said Priebus has had a hard time rebounding since last month's healthcare debacle, for which one source said the president's chief of staff was mostly blamed.

Asked about the article, a White House spokeswoman said it was "completely false".

U.S. President Donald Trump, concerned about infighting among his team, is considering a major shakeup of senior officials on his staff in an effort to eliminate some of the White House drama, The Wall Street Journal reported on Friday.

Trump purportedly told the pair to "work this out" amid repeated policy disagreements between them - a recurring media narrative.

In recent weeks, officials have said Kushner has taken on a larger role as Trump's main troubleshooter, which spurred speculation about a growing rift between him and Bannon.

Ros-Lehtinen said it would be "welcome news for the nation" if Bannon exits the White House.

The rumors come in light of Steve Bannon's removal from the National Security Council on the president's orders earlier this week.

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The New York Times first reported the incomplete security clearance application and the omission of two meetings with Russian officials. The session was "an attempt to smooth things over/get on the same page and move forward on President Trump's agenda", the official said.

Aside from calling rival Kushner a "cuck" behind his back, the nationalist reportedly unleashed some fury right to the apple-cheeked real estate scion's face.

Further down the banquet table - sandwiched between two Chinese officials - was Steve Bannon, the President's controversial chief strategist who multiple administration officials now say is in open conflict with Kushner, leading to new polarization in the West Wing just as Trump hopes to reboot his presidency.

Bannon, White House chief strategist, is a flame-throwing populist who formerly ran Breitbart News.

Bannon, meanwhile, has told associates that he feels an extended battle with Kushner - and by extension Trump's daughter Ivanka - is "unwinnable" given Trump's loyalty to his family.

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

Kushner, whom the President has given an expanded portfolio that includes high-level foreign policy matters, is required to complete a lengthy form with specifics about all of his foreign contacts and connections over the last seven years.

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