Trump Considering White House Shakeup…Bannon, Priebus Gone Soon?

There’s been a feud of sorts in the White House between Steven Bannon – the President’s current political advisor – and Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law. Bannon, as the media describes him, is a ‘nationalist,’ and Kushner is a ‘moderate.’

Bannon and Kushner have been at odds with each other for a long time. Bannon reportedly did not support the healthcare legislation that the GOP put had put forth, noting that it was ‘written by the insurance industry.’ And it was reported this week that Bannon called Kushner a ‘cuck’ and a ‘globalist’ behind his back.

You know this kind of infighting happens everywhere in politics, especially the White House, but the media like to focus on any squabbling in the current administration, because they hate Bannon. The more news they can report portraying the Trump White House in ‘chaos’ and ‘disarray’ the better.

Then Bannon got removed from the National Security Council’s principals committee. From the New York Times:

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In a move that was widely seen as a sign of changing fortunes, Mr. Trump removed Mr. Bannon, his chief strategist, from the National Security Council’s cabinet-level “principals committee” on Wednesday. The shift was orchestrated by Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster, Mr. Trump’s national security adviser, who insisted on purging a political adviser from the Situation Room where decisions about war and peace are made.

He reportedly threatened to quit after his removal, but a close aide convinced him to stay.

Immediately following Bannon’s demotion from the principals committee, the U.S. bombs Syria. I don’t know if those two are related, but I wonder if Bannon even supported bombing Syria, a country that had done nothing to us.

Bombing countries halfway around the world is what establishment politicians always support. Kushner is more of that type of politician, and apparently Trump would prefer him to Bannon, considering that Jared’s his own son-in-law.

According to ‘inside sources,’ whoever they are, Reince Priebus might be getting the boot as well as Steve Bannon, and may be replaced by more establishment friendly people. Axios reported:

President Trump is considering a broad shakeup of his White House that could include the replacement of White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and the departure of chief strategist Steve Bannon, aides and advisers tell us. 

A top aide to Trump said he’s contemplating major changes, but that the situation is very fluid and the timing uncertain: “Things are happening, but it’s very unclear the president’s willing to pull that trigger.”

Insiders tell me that the possibilities for chief of staff include:
  • House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), who developed a bond with Trump as one of the earlier congressional leaders to support him, and remains a confidant.
  • Wayne Berman of Blackstone Group, a Washington heavy-hitter who was an Assistant Secretary of Commerce under President George H.W. Bush, and a key adviser on eight presidential campaigns.
  • David Urban of the Washington advisory firm American Continental Group, and a former chief of staff to the late Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.). Urban helped Trump win an upset victory in Pennsylvania, and was in constant cellphone contact with the candidate throughout the campaign. 
  • Gary Cohn, Trump’s economic adviser and the former #2 at Goldman Sachs, who has built a formidable team and internal clout.

The West Wing “Game of Thrones” has been raging ever since Trump took office. But the war between the nationalists and the moderates, led by Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump, burst into the open this week after Bannon was taken off the National Security Council, setting off a torrent of leaks against him.

Bannon called reports that he was ready to quit “100 percent nonsense.”

If Trump is eager and quick to ‘pull that trigger’ on Syria, I’m sure he’ll have no problem doing the same with his White House reorganization, especially if his son-in-law or daughter tells him to.

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