Report: Jared Kushner behind removing Bannon from National Security Council

Kushner made the rounds of getting the input of Washington old timers as to what they thought the Trump administration problems were, and report the consensus to the boss
Kushner made the rounds of getting the input of Washington old timers as to what they thought the Trump administration problems were, and report the consensus to the boss

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.



  1. If McStain is happy about Bannon’s removal it must be because Bannon was in the right position. McCain is not a benefit to this country in oarticular, and the human race in general. F…McStain

  2. Same arrangement at NSC as in the Obama administration? Anyone surprised?
    How about removing presidential elections in USA altogether after the Orange One has faded?
    Dagobert Duck would make a great eternal Chief in charge for the the bottomless Pitt of corruption and betrayal. That could save a few Shekel and lots of internal political dramas which obviously divide a fooled and bled dry Nation.

  3. “national intelligence director, Dan Coats”
    OMG Coats is senile. In a senior moment he walked into the wrong building and the wrong hearing and began to ask witnesses questions. He made no sense at all. Then they discovered he was in the wrong hearing and he wouldn’t shut up long enough to absorb his mistake. Rather than remove himself gracefully, he went into a tirade about how it was Russia’s fault, how his schedule was altered by the Russians. He couldn’t even excuse himself gracefully.

    Where is Trumps brain, putting a verifiable senile Dan Coats into any cabinet level position. Indiana rejects seem to love working for Israel…er US.

  4. Perhaps Kushner was looking for new Iraqi employments for James The Wedding Slayer Mattis. It will be a miracle if Trump gets to manage four years without impeachment, but people used to say that for Bush too.

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