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It sounds like there might have been a bit of power playing going on in dropping Steve Bannon from the National Security Council.

Politico: Trump’s strategist threatened to leave the White House after clashing with Jared Kushner

The man credited with honing Donald Trump’s populist message and guiding him into the White House has grown frustrated amid continued infighting in the West Wing, so much so that in recent weeks a top donor had to convince him to stay in his position.

Five people, including a senior administration official and several sources close to the president, tell POLITICO that Bannon, one of Trump’s closest advisers, has clashed with the president’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, who’s taken on an increasingly prominent portfolio in the West Wing. Bannon has complained that Kushner and his allies are trying to undermine his populist approach, the sources said.

And NT Times: Trump Removes Stephen Bannon From National Security Council Post

Lately, Mr. Bannon has been conspicuously absent from some meetings. And now he has lost his seat at the national security table.

…blunders by Mr. Bannon’s team — especially the first immigration order, which was rejected by multiple courts — have undermined his position. His take-no-prisoners style was not a winning strategy on Capitol Hill, and Mr. Bannon declined to take a significant part.

Mr. Trump initially supported Mr. Bannon’s take-it-or-leave-it final message to holdouts in the House Freedom Caucus. But, needing a win, the president grew skeptical and authorized Mr. Pence to resume health care talks, with Mr. Bannon playing more of a supporting role, according to three people close to Mr. Trump.

Mr. Bannon has also been at odds with Gary Cohn, the president’s national economics adviser. Mr. Cohn is close with Mr. Kushner, who has said privately that he fears that Mr. Bannon plays to the president’s worst impulses, according to people with direct knowledge of such discussions.

Moreover, Mr. Bannon’s Svengali-style reputation has chafed on a president who sees himself as the West Wing’s only leading man. Several associates said the president had quietly expressed annoyance over the credit Mr. Bannon had received for setting the agenda — and Mr. Trump was not pleased by the “President Bannon” puppet-master theme promoted by magazines, late-night talk shows and Twitter.

Unfamiliar and unprecedented perceptions of power, frustration at that power not being very successful, egos and agendas were always at risk of clashing.

The revolutionaries need to learn, quickly, how to be effective, or the old school politicians will gradually take over.






  1. Gezza

     /  April 7, 2017

    Sounds plausible.

  2. TPM: President Trump a few moments ago when asked about a potential staff shakeup: “I think we’ve had one of the most successful 13 weeks in the history of the presidency.”

  3. Joe Bloggs

     /  April 7, 2017

    So Devin Nunes has stepped down from the trump-Russia investigation while questions of ethics over his behaviour are answered, and like an alcoholic he blames everyone but himself.

    Cue the usual alt-right response: fake news, nothing to see here, nasty MSM, nasty Dems, evil Obama, crooked Hillary, oh look over there: a squirrel…

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  April 7, 2017

      Nunes rejected the allegations but said he believes it’s “in the best interests of the House Intelligence Committee and the Congress” for him to step aside from the Russia investigation.

      “The charges are entirely false and politically motivated, and are being leveled just as the American people are beginning to the learn the truth about the improper unmasking of the identities of U.S. citizens and other abuses of power,” Nunes said in a statement.

      “I will continue to fulfill all my other responsibilities as Committee Chairman, and I am requesting to speak to the Ethics Committee at the earliest possible opportunity in order to expedite the dismissal of these false claims.”

      Complaint made by loony Left MoveOn lobby group has been short-circuited by House Ethics panel obviously seeking to dispose of it quickly:

      • Joe Bloggs

         /  April 7, 2017

        Cue the usual alt-right response: fake news, nothing to see here, nasty MSM, nasty Dems, evil Obama, crooked Hillary, oh look over there: a squirrel…

      • Joe Bloggs

         /  April 7, 2017

        Nunes is toast and both the Dems and GOP see through his smokescreen

        Nunes, who remains the committee’s chair, is insisting that the move is only temporary — a response to unspecified ethics allegations leveled by unspecified “left-wing activist groups” that will soon be resolved by the House Ethics Committee.

        But the very fact that Ethics announced publicly that it was investigating the charges, a relatively rare decision which requires Democratic and Republican support, suggests that legislators on both sides of the aisle want Nunes gone. And given the events of the past several weeks, and the mounting calls from senior lawmakers of both parties that he step aside, it’s hard to imagine him taking the reins again anytime soon.

        … Ethics announced publicly that it was investigating the charges, a relatively rare decision which requires Democratic and Republican support …

        Not even the Republicans can tolerate Nunes’ behaviour any more

        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  April 7, 2017

          The certainty of your opinions is matched only by their loony Left bias, Joe.

  4. Alan Wilkinson

     /  April 7, 2017

    White less-educated despair behind Trump’s election success:

  5. lurcher1948

     /  April 7, 2017

    Do you know what this day is?its FRIDAY it attack Assard day,its lets start another war day and the LAP DOGS Australians are yapping we are ready to die to stuff another middle eastern country up for trump day….cuddle you grandkids,idiots are starting wars

  6. lurcher1948

     /  April 7, 2017

    I smell gunpowder, and its election year, what’s the polling saying can i say GO in like flynn,another day another muslim country another muslim war;.Right pictures of dead babies ANY dead babies swings it…get me trump at his hotel ,i can swing it……….yer right billy

  7. The Chinese Premier’s visit to Trump’s resort in Florida was overshadowed somewhat today by the Syrian attack.