Donald Trump Might Boot Steve Bannon and Reince Preibus from His Administration

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08 April, 2017

The New York Times first reported on the incomplete form. Bannon's allies inside and outside the White House say he is "disappointed" and blames Kushner for leaking unflattering information about him to the media, New York Magazine reported.

Around the same time, Newsmax chief executive and Trump pal Chris Ruddy suggested on CNN that the president ought to replace Priebus.

Axios is also reporting that the possibilities for chief of staff include the following candidates: House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), Wayne Berman of Blackstone Group, David Urban of the Washington advisory firm American Continental Group, and Gary Cohn, Trump's economic adviser.

Bannon was removed from his post on the National Security Council on Wednesday, two days after Kushner, a former real estate developer, was dispatched to Iraq to meet with top US military commanders and Iraqi officials to get a first-hand assessment of the battle against the Islamic State.

On foreign policy, Bannon, described as a nationalist, advocates a hands-off approach, while Kushner is inclined toward interventionism in the Middle East. Being married to Ivanka might protect him-it seems clear that Kushner thinks it will. The two reportedly cooked up the disgusting and democracy-debasing stunt of inviting three women who had accused Bill Clinton of sexual assault to the second presidential debate. But questions about Bannon - once widely viewed as untouchable - exploded this week after he was removed from the NSC.

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One Trump aide, who sits on the Kushner side of the divide, bluntly acknowledged this tension and said it could be a reason for the President to not throw Bannon overboard for fear of what he may do to the presidency he helped build. The official also said Bannon was there to "de-operationalize" the NSC, an apparent jab at Obama administration national security adviser Susan Rice.

On Thursday night, as Trump was weighing the most consequential national security decision of his presidency, it was the Kushner wing of Trump's staff who appeared to win over their boss.

White House officials talked up Kushner's expanding role to The Hill this week, casting him as the president's go-to problem solver. It's been an "open secret" that Bannon and Kushner often clash "face-to-face", according to senior officials. But we're talking about Donald Trump here.

The Hollywood Reporter said Fox followed up the tape with a brief discussion about why Trump's behavior was inappropriate. They say these stories aren't true but they're always putting out fires.


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