US President Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner behind Steve Bannon’s removal: Report

April 6, 2017 11:28 am

President
Donald Trump (L), his senior adviser and son-in-law (C)
and White House chief strategist .

US President Donald Trump
removed White House chief strategist Steve Bannon from the National
Security Council on advice from his son-in-law Jared Kushner, a report
claims, citing a long-running fight between Kushner and Bannon.

Kushner, a one-time New York Democrat, believed that Bannon’s desire to deconstruct the government was hurting the president, Politico reported on Wednesday.
“Big
fight is between nationalists and the ‘West Wing Democrats,’” the
report quoted an unnamed senior administration official as saying.
Known
as a hardliner nationalist and mocked by critics as the real president
because of his influence on Trump, Bannon was removed from his position
on the NSC’s principals committee on Tuesday.
The shakeup also saw
the role of Homeland Security Adviser Tom Bossert downgraded, stripping
him the authority to convene or chair the principals committee as Trump
had originally authorized him.
Instead, Bossert would serve those
roles as delegated by National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, whose
public statements often differed from those of Bannon.
The changes gave McMaster more control over the NSC, while putting the Homeland Security Council under his authority.
“McMaster won,” one NSC official told Politico.
People familiar with Kushner’s way of thinking knew that in his eyes Bannon was a big problem for Trump’s popularity.
Apparently,
Kushner came to this conclusion after spending a long time asking
inside and outside advisers about the White House’s performance.
This
analysis is consistent with Trump’s rising confidence in his
son-in-law, having tasked him with such sensitive matters as brokering a
peace deal between Palestine and Israel.
Kushner is also one of the key Trump associates involved in the investigation into his alleged ties to the Russian government.
Earlier
this week, Trump sent Kushner to Iraq on an official visit, raising
speculations about his role in Trump’s future plans for the Arab
country.
Dems, Republicans pleased
Nevertheless, the return to a more traditional NSC was hailed by figures on both sides of the aisle.
“I’d
be very pleased that he would not be on the National Security Council,”
said Senator Ben Cardin of Maryland, the top Democrat on the Senate
Foreign Relations Committee.
Senate Armed Services Chairman John McCain also called Bannon’s removal a good move.
Vice
President Mike Pence, however, tried to downplay the decision, calling
it a “very routine evolution” of Trump’s security team.
Trump’s
reorganization will allow the national intelligence director, Dan
Coats, and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Marine Corps
General Joseph Dunford, to become “regular attendees” of the principals
committee again.
This is the same arrangement as in the Obama
administration. Trump had initially downgraded the role of Coats and
Dunford and put Bannon on the committee.
The secretary of energy,
the CIA director and the UN ambassador were added to the principals
committee following more revisions on Wednesday.
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