Published: Sun, April 16, 2017
U.S. | By Eddie Scott

Photos Of Jared Kushner In Iraq Get Ridiculed Online

"There are different factions within the White House that are fighting it out on a daily basis, but I think that a certain professionalism is beginning to take root", Kupchan said.

When Steve Bannon, President Donald Trump's chief strategist, appeared at the Conservative Political Action Conference in February, he appeared to be at the height of his powers. Overall, however, he called the Trump White House decision-making "immature".

Bannon, White House chief strategist, is a flame-throwing populist who formerly ran Breitbart News.

Stephen Bannon, (R) Senior Advisor to U.S. President-elect Donald Trump and Jared Kushner (L) walk from Trump's plane upon their arrival in Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S., December 1, 2016.

Reports emerged Saturday that Priebus's job is safe amid speculation he and Bannon may be at risk of getting reshuffled in a potential staff shakeup. And while officials declined to detail the specific recommendations of Trump's top aides, the strikes that the President ordered reflected a break from the nationalist stance he adopted as a candidate that was driven, in large part, by Bannon's advice.

One senior staffer flatly denied a report that Priebus may be ousted potentially for Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., an early Trump supporter. Administration officials said this was done at the urging of national security adviser HR McMaster, with whom Mr Bannon had clashed.

Politico said, "The fight, people in the administration say, centers on policy differences". "The only thing we are shaking up is the way Washington operates as we push the president's aggressive agenda forward", spokeswoman Lindsay Walters said.

In January, Trump gave Bannon a full seat on the high-level national security body in a shake-up that removed the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the director of national intelligence from its "principals committee". Kushner has already developed a close relationship with the Chinese government and he was pictured in Iraq this week, awkwardly sporting a flak jacket on top of a blazer as he met with top military brass.

"They're concerned they are about to lose their link to the West Wing and direct access to the president through Steve Bannon", Bardella explained. Bannon has told confidantes that he believes Kushner's contact with Russians, and his expected testimony before Congress on the subject, will become a major distraction for the White House.

Trump does not like any staff member gaining too much attention, including those who are related to him.

America First Policies, a nonprofit stocked with aides close to Kushner and the Trump family, and recently joined by Priebus's former deputy, has been promoting the targeted strike as evidence of "America leading again".

It is not known if the meeting between the two men was successful.

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