Published: Fri, April 21, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Jared Kushner Omitted Meeting with Foreign Officials on Security Clearance Forms

Jared Kushner Omitted Meeting with Foreign Officials on Security Clearance Forms

In an effort to kill headlines like these, reporting power struggles and name-calling between two of Trump's top White House advisors - on Friday, Jared Kushner and Steve Bannon had themselves a good talking to.

A White House source told The Huffington Post on Friday that 'Gary Cohn would be the top pick for chief of staff'.

"The more appreciation you could have for what's actually happening on the ground, the more informed you are when you start talking about the strategic issues", Dunford said. "And he does that", asserting "He asks a broad range of people who he trusts, and Steve Bannon's one of them, about policy decisions and about the risks and opportunities involved with each of these and so none of that has changed".

Trump campaigned on defeating ISIS but has yet to announce any dramatic shift in war strategy.

To White House aides, the tableau was telling: While Bannon still has a seat at the table, his position seems to slipping.

The rumors follow Thursday night's New York Times report which detailed the complete breakdown in the relationship between Trump adviser/son-in-law Jared Kushner, whose role in the administration has been expanding while Bannon's has been diminishing. Administration officials said this was done at the urging of national security adviser HR McMaster, with whom Mr Bannon had clashed.

The meeting- first reported by Politico- went well according to a White House aide who said the desired outcome was to stop the infighting.

On Thursday, the president held a briefing with his team, continuing what Secretary of State Rex Tillerson described as a "very deliberative process", and then chose to proceed to Thursday night's Tomahawk missile strikes. Kushner, meanwhile, appears ascendent, even as Trump continues to go to both men for advice.

Earlier this week, the White House announced Bannon was no longer serving on the National Security Council.

As Trump sat for dinner Thursday with his Chinese counterpart in an ornately frescoed dining room a Mar-a-Lago with the fresh divides seizing the White House staff on full display.

While Bannon's office contains a board that lists what he believes represent Trump's core populist promises, Kushner has pushed against them with a centrist perspective that has caused Bannon to call him a "Democrat".

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.

Bannon deemed reports that he recently threatened to quit "ridiculous".

"No staff shakeups here", the official added. A White House spokeswoman later denied that a realignment was imminent.

"We've had a tremendous success", he told reporters on Air Force One.

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