President Trump confirmed that top aides Steve Bannon and Jared Kushner have been infighting, admitting that he "told them to straighten it out or I will".
Bannon, Trump's chief strategist, and Kushner, an influential adviser and Trump's son-in-law, met on Friday at the request of White House chief of staff Reince Priebus who told them that if they have any policy differences, they should air them internally, an official told Reuters.
"It would be a bad signal if Trump were to either force Bannon out or let him go because he is the face of the national populism that inspired a lot of voter to vote for Trump", said Ned Ryun, founder of the conservative group American Majority and a longtime friend of Bannon's. The two have drastically different styles and philosophies ― Bannon is an ideological crusader who wants a "deconstruction of the administrative state", while Kushner, until recently, was a Democrat.
Several sources report that Bannon keeps a list of Trump's campaign promises on his wall in the White House to keep the president focused on these promises. During his 2016 campaign, Trump said he would decide whether to honor the commitment to protect the Baltic republics against Russian aggression, based on whether those countries "have fulfilled their obligations to us".
The intense speculation on whether Bannon would leave the administration began after the establishment media reported he was "booted" from the National Security Council. "The initial show, wow", Trump said, as Bannon heartily laughed. Furthermore, he is a firm proponent of Jared Kushner's increased influence in the White House.
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Trumps comments come less than a week after he ordered missile strikes on a Syrian airfield after US evidence indicated that Assad killed civilians using the nerve agent sarin. Aides have claimed that Bannon has accused the Kushner side of attempting to push him out of his position as the right hand to President Trump.
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TRUMP: I see what's happening in this country where our so-called allies are just ripping us off left and right.
Bannon should have learned that while his tactics might appeal to Trump, he should never direct his efforts at Trump's family.