The long simmering feud between Steve Bannon and Jared Kushner has been the talk of Washington for the past week. With Kushner being given greater and greater responsibilities by Trump, and with Bannon first being booted from the national security council, and then losing the ear of Trump on Syria and other foreign affairs, it is clear that Kushner got the upper hand in the feud.
With his influence in the White House now diminished, some have questioned whether Bannon’s job as senior adviser to Trump is in jeopardy. In a surprising interview with the New York Post, Donald Trump gave serious credibility to these questions. From the Post: “Washington’s rumor mill is working overtime on the fate of aide Steve Bannon, who is said to be at the center of the rampant White House in-fighting. When I asked the President Tuesday afternoon if he still has confidence in Bannon, who took over the campaign in mid-August, I did not get a definitive yes.”
“Said Trump, ‘I like Steve, but you have to remember he was not involved in my campaign until very late. I had already beaten all the senators and all the governors, and I didn’t know Steve. I’m my own strategist and it wasn’t like I was going to change strategies because I was facing crooked Hillary.'”
Looks like Bannon may soon get to return to the friendly confines of Breitbart News. Should Trump dump Bannon, it would be interesting to see whether Breitbart would continue serving as the White House’s mouthpiece, or if it would begin attacking Trump, as it has done with certain other Republicans who have run afoul of the publication’s alt-right ideologies.