Concerned about White House infighting, Trump eyes shake-up

When Kushner first submitted his forms to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, he left the section about foreign contacts blank - despite the fact that he had met with a large number of foreign emissaries and leaders once Donald Trump became the president-elect and he became the point man for worldwide contacts for the incoming Trump administration.

Both aides left having agreed that it was time to "bury the hatchet and move forward", the official said, according to Reuters.

On Thursday, the president held a briefing with his team, continuing what Secretary of State Rex Tillerson described as a "very deliberative process", and then made a decision to proceed to Thursday night's Tomahawk missile strikes.

On Thursday we learned the fight between Bannon, Trump's Chief White House Strategist, and Jared Kushner, his senior advisor and son-in-law, has escalated to "nonstop".

He is also a personal friend to Jared Kushner and first daughter Ivanka Trump, and already has a number of existing Goldman Sachs ties within the White House.

Politico said on Saturday that the sniping between the two men's respective factions in the White House has reached a breaking point, with the president attempting to impose some discipline on his two must trusted aides. Senior officials in the Trump administration revealed that Bannon complained that Kushner was trying to push him out of positions of authority in the administration.

"Susan Rice operationalized the N.S.C. during the last administration", Bannon said in a statement, according to the New York Times. While it's true that Mr. Priebus was considered more establishment as the former chairman of the Republican National Committee (RNC), he was a Trump loyalist during the campaign. Kushner omitted dozens of meetings with foreign leaders, including one with a Russian ambassador Sergey I. Kislyak and one with the head of Vnesheconombank, a Russian-owned bank. Discovery reported that Obama had five Chiefs of Staff, George W. Bush had two, and Bill Clinton had four.

Bannon, after complaining bitterly to his staff about Kushner, reportedly said, "I love a gunfight".

Even as Trump apparently sought to cool the infighting, he is said to have floated potential replacements for Priebus, who has reportedly been on thin ice since January, due to the administration's early missteps.



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