Annoyed that palace intrigue stories dominated the headlines late this week, President Trump ordered two of his top advisers, Jared Kushner and Stephen K. Bannon, to work out their differences, according to two senior White House officials.
President Donald Trump is shown in an official White House handout image meeting with his National Security team and being briefed by Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joseph Dunford via secure video teleconference after a missile strike on Syria while inside the Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility at his Mar-a-Lago resort in West Palm Beach, Florida on April 6, 2017.
The White House is trying to downplay and dismiss reports about infight, as Trump attempts to capitalize on his efforts this week on Syria and the Senate on Friday confirming Judge Neil Gorsuch, the president's Supreme Court nominee, to the high court. But some see his role as declining. Trump himself is increasingly frustrated by the leaks that keep flowing out of the West Wing. At the heart of their disagreement is a fundamental ideological gap, with Kushner and Ivanka Trump seeking to bring a more "competence- and results-driven focus" to the White House, according to Allen. 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.
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Bannon's removal from the National Security Council exacerbated a situation that boiled over later in the week. Kushner is allied with a group of aides who view themselves as more moderate forces, including economic adviser Gary Cohn, the former president of the Goldman Sachs investment bank.
Chief of Staff Reince Priebus told the two to smooth out their differences, reports indicate.
And senior adviser Kellyanne Conway, at the forefront in the early weeks of the administration, has been less visible after a series of misstatements. "And all of the sudden the pages of Breitbart, who have been incredibly generous to Donald Trump to say the least, will start turning their fire on him or, at the very least, assign blame saying Trump betrayed the conservative right because of Jared Kushner and liberal Democrats inside the White House have turned them against us". "And I think some stories are made to distract from the success that he's had this week".
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Tillerson's harsh language could be justified if it leads to a negotiated solution among the US, China, and North Korea. The Trump administration has been emphasizing its concern about the rising threat from North Korea to the U.S.
Nearing its first 100 days, Trump's presidency has been filled with personnel woes and limited policy victories. Botched executive orders and the failure of a health care bill have created tension between the two.
Trump's administration faced a major worldwide test this week, when the president ordered a missile strike on an air field controlled by forces loyal to President Bashar Assad after his government used a chemical weapon against his own citizens.
An embattled Steve Bannon appears to be digging in against a storm of bad press suggesting he's on his way out, sources familiar with the inner workings of the White House told NBC News.
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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".