White House Shakeup? Rumors Swirl That Bannon / Priebus On The Chopping Block

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Ever since Bannon was removed from Trump's National Security Council a couple of days ago, rumors have swirled that his days in the White House could be numbered.

And while we suggest consuming anonymously-sourced media speculation with a healthy heaping of salt, the latest rumor mill would suggest that Bannon finds himself in the midst of an epic fight for survival with none other than Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner.  Here was Axios' take on the fued:

The two sides: The Bannonites believe the liberals staged a coup and will turn Trump into a conventional squish who betrays the very voters who brought him to power. The Jared wing thinks the Bannonites are clinically nuts.


Killing Bannon won't be easy: His staunchest ally is one of Trump's closest confidants — Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Kellyanne Conway will go to the mat for him, as will policy advisor Stephen Miller. He's also built strong relationships with other cabinet secretaries including Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin. In the end, though, family matters most and all but dad are done with Bannon and his politics.

Meanwhile, recent moves that seemingly consolidate the power base of Jared and Ivanka have only served to fan the speculation of unrest.

Jared Kushner seizes control over structuring government at home and America's public face aboard.


Ivanka Trump adviser Dina Powell is named Deputy National Security Adviser, and keeps her portfolio as senior counselor for economic initiatives.

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And while Bannon attempted to quash rumors of his early demise, the latest chatter coming out of anonymous White House sources suggest that a shakeup of the White House could be imminent with both Bannon and Chief of Staff Priebus getting the ax.  Per Axios:

A top aide to Trump said he's contemplating major changes, but that the situation is very fluid and the timing uncertain: "Things are happening, but it's very unclear the president's willing to pull that trigger."


The top aide — along with many other Trump officials, advisers and friends — told us that it seems to be more a question of "when" not "whether" change will come: "The tension, the exhaustion, the raw nerves have gotten much harder to disguise."

Meanwhile, the list of potential Chief of Staff candidates rumored to replace Priebus include House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and former Goldman Sachs president, Gary Cohn. 

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), who developed a bond with Trump as one of the earlier congressional leaders to support him, and remains a confidant.


Wayne Berman of Blackstone Group, a Washington heavy-hitter who was an Assistant Secretary of Commerce under President George H.W. Bush, and a key adviser on eight presidential campaigns.


David Urban of the Washington advisory firm American Continental Group, and a former chief of staff to the late Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.). Urban helped Trump win an upset victory in Pennsylvania, and was in constant cellphone contact with the candidate throughout the campaign.


Gary Cohn, Trump's economic adviser and the former #2 at Goldman Sachs, who has built a formidable team and internal clout.

Media speculation gone wild or is the White House Game of Thrones about to claim its first major victims?

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Jäger's picture

What a bunch of drama queens

HopefulCynical's picture

"Do you want a civil war? Because this is how you get a civil war."

They had better understand, it will not turn out like they think it will for them.

People have had enough of these parasitic self-proclaimed overlords.

Chuck Norris's picture

The swamp will take many victims.  Including Bannon. 


I WAS a Trump supporter.  Now I understand what BTFO means

erkme73's picture

Is it getting the "ax" or getting the "axe"?

BaBaBouy's picture

Donaldo Preparing WW3 Cabinet, Whatever Thats Worth In The End...

Déjà view's picture

I'll say it again...Trump attended AIPAC conventions...

His platform was an indicator of things to come...did not come out of 'Left Field' if one was LOOKING AT BIG PICTURE!

Guess who will ignorant electorate cast their useless vote for in next mid-terms...AIPAC/Tel Aviv has 95% of those votes covered, they certainly will not let more than 2 choices muscle in.

Perimetr's picture

The Deplorables in the fly-over country are watching with amazement and despair.

As Donald fires all the people who got him there and replaces them with neocons and bankers from Goldman Sachs,

Tells the Russians to fuck off and starts firing missiles at Syria . . .

We didn't vote for this, we believed your promises of no more foriegn wars, detente with Russia, and rebuilding America

Both parties are utterly corrupt and Washington is controled not by the people but by the deep state.

Americans do not have a government, they have an oligarchy running a security state.


TahoeBilly2012's picture

That little Israeli bastard Kushner needs some whiteboy GI to grab him by the throat.  

CJgipper's picture

Getting rid of Priebus is good.  Bannon is OUR voice in the office.  Not good.

AGuy's picture

"Trump getting "Swampatized""

While putting the World on the path to become Ash-ized! (WW3)

Dump the Trump!

flapdoodle's picture

I noticed several weeks ago (before Trump's inauguration) "Veterans Today" went very negative on Trump. Looks like they were right...

On a slightly different topic. ABSOLUTE SILENCE about the Xi meeting. That is the most ominous thing of all. I don't think Xi is very happy about this Syria strike happening right in the middle of his state visit. To me it smacks of strong arm tactics trying to scare the Chinese into action against their surrogate in North Korea...

chubbar's picture

It appears that Trump is completely compromised. Bannon is his only link to his true base, the rest of those fucktards are neocons and/or deep staters. How the fuck does someone who had the pulse of the electorate during his campaign suddenly make a complete reversal on some of the more important issues he was elected on?

Granted, the Syian attack was about as mild and useless as possible, it certainly didn't do much damage and I'm sure (hope) this was intentional. He was cornered, lacking sufficient intel that the rebels actually did this, into doing "something". IMO, a real leader would have made sure of the facts and not been railroaded into action.

A lot of the Russian reaction could be feigned so as to give the appearance of conflict between Trump and Putin, which would be the best case scenario. The upside is that the DEMs have a lot less ammunition to fire at Trump and he will get a short term boost from the warmongers in the US, which apparently are numerous.

I guess we'll all see how bad this gets. That son in law needs to get put on a leash. He reminds me of a slippery used car salesman and no doubt is doing his own thing with regard to setting policy. Since he's a democrat, I'm pretty sure it isn't a policy that Trump laid out in his campaign.

Bigly's picture

Yes. NWO in full control

Creative_Destruct's picture

Goodbye populist nationalist agenda. Hello again to the Globalist Elitist Agenda.

The big and final "tell" for me on Trump will be what Trump's refugee policy and immigration agenda becomes going forward.

US may change it's name to either Neocons-R-US or Refugees-R-US.

wcole225's picture

The son-in-law and daughter are the problems. New York libs that are more ideologically connected to friggin Clinton than Deplorables. If Bannon goes we're up shit creek without a paddle.

BobEore's picture


It's still theater. Even though the coup against Drumpf is real... the packaging around it is all make believe. The better to conceal things by! Bannon is right in the thick of it, and those now hoping to pass the torch of hopeychange to the reputed "populist" from Goldman Sachs... are moving from fry pan to fire.

Dead-enders still holding out hope that somehow, sometime, the reputed "America First" administration of Donald "Duck n Cover" Drumpf is going to

come out of hiding at some point before the renewed aggression on middle eastern lands brings a nuclear war upon our heads... should be hanging up their roller blades right about now. It's over. No... not the war in Syria and parts adjacent. The whole notion about an "isolationist" America returning to a phase of rebuilding it's own house... as promised in a recent election campaign, is over. A well staged White House coup with Bibi's fingerprints all over it has succeeded so quickly and dramatically in putting the lie to everything that the Drumpf Dream was supposedly all about, that the whole world in looking on in shock n awe!

America's Back! In the Muddled East that is.


chunga's picture

Get to your mountain hideout man, I'm dumbstruck by Trump's actions.

Manthong's picture

I am sure there a few more Goldman Sachs people available to fill the positions.

chubbar's picture

It might be easier and more cost effective to just move the oval office down to Goldman Sachs headquarters.

TeamDepends's picture

Already there, bro! Been ready for this for far too long. Not giving up on Trump yet, but it's not looking good. Eject Koshner the Cuck!

SilverRhino's picture

Jared Kushner seizes control over structuring government

If he backs Kushner over Bannon then yeah I'm gonna check out on him. I didn't vote for him so his fucking son-in-law could take over.

Herodotus's picture

That (restructuring government) is actually a good job to give to Kushner to get him out of the way.  It is an absolutely hopeless task.  The first thing he would have to do is to get rid of all the affirmative action and veterans preference hires from the last 40 years.  That would be just the beginning.

nunyabidnez's picture

If Bannon goes, I too will go. He's about the only anti globalist left in that mess he calls a cabinet. Kushner is a fricken democrat, and is going to be nothing but a problem!!

chunga's picture

We've been in the woods all prepped for years and erkme73 has a spectacular place not far away.

Up until yesterday I disliked the talk show host less than I disliked Hill'rey. That's all changed and now I hate them both.

Deus Irate's picture

I expect there are a lot of ex-Trump supporters waking up today, including me. But his effect on the media is done and dusted so whatever he does now is beside the point. We must take whatever small victories we can and move on to the next step. Once the anger subsides over being conned by this clown we can get back to winning the war.

FKostanza's picture

No one will do anything. You are one of the most passive general populations ever to exist. Fat, dumb and too lazy to actually suffer for anything. You are not your forefathers.

TeamDepends's picture

Uh huh, and from which passive population were you spawned?

comfortablynumb's picture

You're referring to the coasts.  Come to the heartland and talk like that.  While the rest of the world is under tyrannical rule we at least nutted up and voted in an outsider, even if he turns out to be more of the same.  Get real dude. 

Dr.Vannostrand's picture

Still falling for that divide and conquer. And you voted. Open your eyes. 

LawsofPhysics's picture

Correct, get long sharecropping and guillotines...

Sandmann's picture

Well Elections don't bring results

HopefulCynical's picture

Actually they do. It's just that death threats from multi-billionaires evidently erase them.

Davidduke2000's picture

They gave us nepotism , now his son wants to run for governor of NY, and all his family is working in the white house. a typical arab sheikh .

Vlad the Inhaler's picture

Goldman Sachs always wins.  Repeat after me, Goldman Sachs always wins...

slammin_dude's picture

Maybe, but from everything i see Americans won't rise up against the guv... ever. Maybe a few instigated skirmishes which will be used as an excuse to lockmus down and disarm...then poof everybody will bend over and take it.

Sofa King's picture

FUBAR, cute. I think WOMBAT is more term fitting for this group.

Lumberjack's picture

Elizabeth Warren named chief if staff...

Joe Davola's picture

Not quite sure I'd tout having been Arlen Specter's chief of staff as an accomplishment.

Herodotus's picture

Did he advise Spector on changing parties?  Or, did he advise him on the single bullet theory? 

bardot63's picture

...autobot Cankles drones disguised as former Trumpsters.

junction's picture

Impeach Mossadian Candidate Trump.

LawsofPhysics's picture

Yes, anyone with a healthy respect for the constitution must be eleiminated.

The MIC and bankers/financiers must be fed.


To Hell In A Handbasket's picture

A purge by the ZOG cocksuckers and yes, I TOLD YA SO! Trump is an intellectual weakling. His administration has been taken over from within, by the neocon Kabal. Bannon is a dead man walking and the Zionist Jews and their goyim facilitators and sympathisers have their war. Every vocal Trump supporter should hang their heads in fucking shame. In fact, just hang your selves, because you fuckers voted in a pro-Zionist traitor and yes, I TOLD YA SO! 

HopefulCynical's picture

WTF was our other choice? Hitlery? Gary "Muh Leppo" Johnson?

Lots of us knew Trump was a long shot. And yes, the entrenched power structure took him over.

So there is no longer any hope of a peaceful end to the globalists' reign. They're going to have to be rooted out like a mole infestation.

TBP'er's picture

Just yesterday, Hillary gave a speech where she said the only possible action was a strike on a Syria air base in response to the "gas attack."  And then by evening, Trump did it. 

We are so fucked. We hoped Trump (Bannon, really) would fix things, but it was probably too late. Now that Trump has filled his ranks with neocon warmongers, it's going to have to burn to the ground before we can expect anything better. God help us all.  

fleur de lis's picture


If Hellish got in we would have been at war with Russia by now.

She would have destroyed what is left of America.

He pest of a daughter might try to finish her schemes.

Trump was the only other choice.

The problem is that he has no real grasp on geopolitics nor history.

The Deep State has no concept of history either, but they don't need it since they make it up as they go along to suit whatever strife they have planned,

And they know that academians and media hacks will dutifully recite what is fed to them without question.

Any second guessers would face admistrative punishment or something more severe.