Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Wednesday that he admires White House chief strategist Steve Bannon and that he hasn't received pushback from Jared Kushner or Ivanka Trump on pushing his agenda.
Bannon is not the only Trump official to find himself in the hot seat in a White House divided. "I'm my own strategist".
"In suddenly keeping Bannon at arms length, Trump dismissed him as little more than an adornment in his stunning November election victory, telling the New York Post: "[By the time Bannon joined the campaign, ] I'd already beaten all the senators and all the governors, and I didn't know Steve. Instead of using Trump as a "blunt instrument", it was Trump who made Bannon look like the tool.
"Steve Bannon is a radical right wing extremist, whose embrace of white supremacist ideology presents a direct threat to our national security", Rep.
It may be, notes Eliana Johnson, who co-wrote the Politico piece, that he learned quickly what Bannon seemingly has not, which is that the "abrasive, bombastic, take-no-prisoners approach" that helped Trump win the primaries doesn't work as well as a style of governing.
A White House spokesperson told the Free Beacon the NSC was running smoothly: "The NSC is running beautifully under the leadership of Gen. McMaster who has installed an exceptional team to execute on behalf of the president". While we know nearly nothing about how our new "shadow president" sees the world, we are beginning to get an idea of Kushner's vision for the Trump administration.
Still, Bannon's place in the inner circle would likely have been secure had it not been for his dustup with Kushner.
When Trump was asked by the New York Post's Michael Goodwin whether he had faith in Bannon, the president responded: "I like Steve, but you have to remember he was not involved in my campaign until very late". One senior administration official said it's widely understood that the last two standing in the White House at the end of the day will be Kushner and Trump's daughter Ivanka Trump - making any spat with either of them particularly treacherous. He is heading up the Office of American Innovation, a new White House office aimed at reforming the federal government through private-sector solutions. Bannon reportedly called Kushner a "globalist" - an insult in right-wing circles in implied opposition of their nationalism - and a "cuck", as in 'cuckold, ' implying emasculation. But Trump's campaign and he himself repeatedly (his team says unwittingly) retweeted or used alt-right memes.
Jared Kushner was back home however by Thursday morning and spotted rushing out of the family's DC home with assistant Avi Berkowitz a few hours before President Trump dropped a massive non-nuclear GBU-43 bomb in Afghanistan.
Since August, Bannon has been an entrenched figure in Trump's inner circle, wielding influence over every decision.
Trump's grass roots base didn't vote for Bannon for president, they voted for Trump. But after recent reports of feuding with Kushner, the president appears to be leaning toward family.
US first lady Melania Trump has accepted an apology and damages from the publisher of the Daily Mail newspaper for reporting rumors about her time as a model, the two parties in the lawsuit said Wednesday.