President Donald Trump has given significant clues regarding his position on the conflict between his Chief Strategist, Steve Bannon, and his Senior Advisor and son-in-law, Jared Kushner. The antagonism between these two very influential men has been dominating the headlines in the last week. They were ordered to have a sit-down meeting and smooth out the friction. But it is becoming more and more clear who’s side the president will gravitate toward. It really is no contest for the “America First” and “Family First” president.
Trump would not say whether he still supports Bannon, but he did have this to say: “I like Steve, but you have to remember he was not involved in my campaign until very late.” Trump said in an interview he gave to the New York Post published late on Tuesday. “I had already beaten all the senators and all the governors, and I didn’t know Steve. I’m my own strategist, and it wasn’t like I was going to change strategies because I was facing crooked Hillary.”
Both Kushner and Bannon started serving together as allies. But in recent weeks conflict has arisen over policy disagreements. Bannon is a fiery populist conservative, and he has criticized Kushner’s more moderate views. One official relayed that Bannon thinks Kushner is “worse than a Democrat.” Kushner has apparently said that Bannon is trying to “deconstruct the government” and that it will hurt Trump’s presidency.
Joe Scarborough, from MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” reported, “What White House insiders cannot come to grips with, and I talked to three of the top presidents’ people yesterday, they do not understand what happened to Steve Bannon,” Scarborough said. “Why he decided to start attacking the president’s family. And the word I heard from all three was ‘he just snapped,’ and that is causing concern from the president down.”
President Trump is getting closer and closer to that corner that he can ‘t walk away from with Bannon. Here is his most recent summation of his position given to the New York Post: “Steve is a good guy, but I told them to straighten it out or I will.”