"Who leaked?" is always a fun game to play with media reports of White House dissension, but it's especially fun now that we know Bannon and Kushner are locked in some sort of death struggle. If headlines over the last few weeks are to be believed, the two are having trouble getting along these days, which isn't all that surprising for a number of reasons, including Bannon's alleged anti-Semitic leanings. White House officials downplayed the move, saying it came at the discretion of new national security adviser H.R. McMaster.
Bannon retains the highest national security clearance possible, aides to President Donald Trump told Bloomberg's Jennifer Jacobs, and he remains a top adviser with strong views.
Spokeswoman Lindsay Walters said in a statement Friday (US time) that the narrative of a dysfunctional administration on the verge of a makeover "is a completely false story driven by people who want to distract from the success taking place in this administration".
The recent development of Bannon being removed from the National Security Council only brings more intrigue to this civil war regarding Bannon and Kushner.
In turn, Bannon has also reportedly been highly critical of Kushner.
Kusher had previously agreed to answer questions from lawmakers investigating Trump and his associates' possible ties with Russian Federation.
Some of the former Trump advisers said Priebus is at fault for not gaining control of the feuding and said Cohn, a former Goldman Sachs executive, would be a candidate to replace him.
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) is reportedly in the running. Cohen-Watnick remains on the NSC.
The shift wasn't lost on some of Trump's far-right supporters in line with Bannon.
Joining Bannon on the populist side are Trump's senior adviser Stephen Miller, chief of staff Reince Priebus, and special assistant Julia Hahn.
Throughout this process, she said ' I have been working closely in good faith with the White House counsel and my personal counsel to address the role of my unprecedented nature'. "There's tension [between them] on trade, health care, immigration, taxes, [terrorism]-you name it", said a senior official.
This article has been updated with background about and reaction to the National Security Council changes.