Tensions between President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and his chief strategist, Steve Bannon, came to a head this week after the latter was removed from the National Security Council. Now, Bannon has been effectively given a two-word ultimatum if he wants to remain as one of Trump’s top aides.
The infighting between Kushner and Bannon has reportedly come to an end following a closed-door meeting between the pair and Trump’s Chief of Staff Reince Priebus. In the meeting, Bannon was told to be a “team player” — or else.
According to sources, there was an acknowledgement that the various points of view will “fight it out on policy, that’s one thing.” But sources said they recognize the need to stop the “back-biting and get it all out.”
Priebus was described as sending a message, “if you don’t like it, then move on.” [Source: Western Journalism]
According to a White House source, Priebus told the two men, “We need to work together. We came off an amazing week. We should be celebrating this and not having a bunch of stories about who is up and who is down.”
Indeed, it was a big week for the Trump administration, whose air strike against a Syrian military base on Thursday was well-received by those from both sides of the aisle. Trump followed this up with a successful four-day meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida. The week’s wins were only dampened by the conflict between those in his inner circle.
“Either Steve becomes a team player and gets along with people, or he’ll be gone,” said a top Trump source.
Bannon and Kushner have locked heads over strategies to pass health care legislation, the fallout of the immigration bans, and whether the U.S. should bomb Syria, according to the Daily Mail. “Here’s the reason there’s no middle ground,” Bannon told Kushner in one clash. “You’re a Democrat.”
It isn’t difficult to see how Bannon, a staunch conservative, and Kushner, a lifelong Democrat, might have a difficult time seeing eye-to-eye. However, Trump is right to nip their infighting in the bud. He needs them both by his side, and neither one can do their job successfully when petty personal matters are taking precedence.