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

Tyler Durden's picture

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.

Bannon Priebus


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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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.





Blankone's picture

Trump is many magnitudes more dangerous than Hillary.

Hillary craves creating a legacy, riddled with ego based needs and unable to control her tantrums. Hillary play the audience like Trump.

Trump's agenda is to accomplish the zionists agenda as much as possible in 4 yrs and not worry about reelection. He does not care about legacy but only privilege for his offspring. Trump is zionism, Hillary works with and uses zionism.

Trump is intelligent and calculating - even when he appears crude.

fleur de lis's picture

Hellish has no redeeming characteristics.

She would have destroyed what was left of the Constitution.

She would have started rounding up those who so much as disagreed with her in public.

She would have jam-packed the courts with Bolshevik judges.

She would have unleashed wild, ugly, angry, male-hating hags all over America, giving them the power to monitor and change us, all the while spitting acidic venomous estrogen at anyone unfortunate enough to be in range.

Think Lena Dunham or Andrea Dworkin or Sarah Silverman getting .gov paychecks to howl and bay and spit poison estrogen at passers by.

Think about that neurotic womens' march with the dumb hats clogging every street in America at any time of night or day.

Trump is morphing into a globlalist but there is always the possibiliy that he will figure out that the spiders are spinning a web all around him.

Hellish is a lost cause and should be forced to remain in the woods with other things that bite, claw, scratch, and sting.






Dr.Vannostrand's picture

Thinking those selected for you is a choice? And those of use that refuse to consent to the system get called apathetic. 

Xena fobe's picture

You mean there was another choice we weren't aware of?

Mustafa Kemal's picture


Do you feel better now?


Some of us are working on the present

1stepcloser's picture

FFS Trump Just make Hillary Queef of staff...   Next, he'll say open boarders is what this country needs

nunyabidnez's picture

Yep, we MuST do this for the poor refugees....open your hearts and your homes.....

FKostanza's picture

GS puts the tentacles even deeper into The Orange One. What a dumb dumb bastard, he deserves every second of it.

wdg's picture

If Bannon has any integrity, he needs to resign now or forever be tarnished with Trump’s betrayal of the people who trusted and elected him. 

To Hell In A Handbasket's picture

I fundamentally disagree. It wasn't a betrayal of the people. Trump was as see through as a discounted end of line, Wall Mart made in Indonesia night dress. Trump was a fake as a Linda Lovelace, made for TV orgasm. Only a person desperate for change, or of limited intellect, decided to overlook every flaw Trump had. Will Bannon jump ship by his own volition?

In the famous words of Lord Acton, Power corrupts, but absolute power corrupts absolutely.  Bannon serves at the Kings inner court and very few have the courage of their convictions and moral fortitude to walk away from such a cesspit and betrayal. As I argued before, Bannon is a political novice, who got out manoeuvred like a true rookie. Kushner was his direct rival and blew him away. laughing my fucking arse off.

Enceladus's picture

If Bannon had any integrity he'd put on a suicide vest and attend a cabinet meeting .7

A. Boaty's picture

Fearless Leader needs Bannon to throw red meat to the base. Expect Bannon to maintain influence, either official or otherwise.

IranContra's picture

Trump is in charge.

Dialog With Syria
Trump: Assad, you can stay if you cooperate with us on containing Iran.
Assad: Iran is my ally.
Trump: Missiles.

Dialog With Iran
Iran: We are a peaceful nation.
Trump: You are HQ of Antichrist, ISIS, neocons, and World War III. Get out of Arab countries.
Iran: No deal.
Trump: War with Iran and its global assets

Dialog With Russia
Trump: Cooperate with us on containing Iran.
Putin: Iran is our friend.
Trump: Stay out of our fight with Iran.

truthseeker69's picture

Not sure if this is a PTSD episode or simply mental gymnastics exercise from a shmuck.

Regardless, these people will do/say anything in order to avoid trashing their 5 dollar 'MAGA' hats. 






Mustafa Kemal's picture

You forgot about NK and China.

Trump in charge.  What a laugh

Snípéir_Ag_Obair's picture

"Iran: We are a peaceful nation.
Trump: You are HQ of Antichrist, ISIS, neocons, and World War III. Get out of Arab countries."

Mr. Zionist Troll:

What you've just written is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever read.

At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone on this board is now dumber for having read it.

I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.

DuneCreature's picture

How about, Russia, Iran, Syria, Turkey and the sane elements within the USSA and about to be former EU team up and pull the 'Deep State', CIA, Israeli, and bankster tentacles off of the face of humanity.

Then they can further team up to deal with the Zionist owned crazy control freak murderous Chinese government.

How does that sound to you boys at Langley?

Live Hard, Take A Good Look At Who You Are Not Allowed To Criticize And Therein Lays Your Problem Tribe Of Assholes, Die Free

~ DC v5.0

shimmy's picture

hahaha, what a shit show going on pumpkin boy's admin. I guess he decided to create a new reality tv show.

Maybe he needs to go find some other family members to run the country with him given how much sway the daughter and son in law seem to have. Nuts. 

We'll see if it changes but right now, it's looking like he is going to indeed be worse than Obozo. Takes some serious work to be worse than Obozo...

Bill of Rights's picture

Easy retard Obama had 8 years its been two months....

hotrod's picture

Looks like Kushner is going to do it all with the help of BIBI

Sandmann's picture

He's totally shafted Alex Jones..........AIPAC seems to be in the Oval Office

TeethVillage88s's picture

Who is this guy he wants to head the FDA... says he has experience working in the FDA.

Probably a Neocon from AIPAC... now will get his hands on our drugs and keep fluoride in our water and vaccine toxins.

mavenson's picture

haha, no one has more egg on his face than that guy. Too cringeworthy to even check the headlines on that stupid site.

stecha's picture

wow, i dont know what is worse, the infiltration to this board of comments or the speed in which people change thier opinion of something they have no understanding of. Woot way to fail you dumb fucks. Trumps not stupid. I believe he loves A,erica and being an american. But, it still remains to be seen whether he can pull the rabbit outta the hat so to speak.. Im willing to wait and find out.

Xena fobe's picture

Many events have taken place this week to prove Trump is a traitor.  It is obvious. 

chubbar's picture

When the facts change, I change my mind. Not sure how it works on your end. I'm hopeful this is a one off stunt that Trump pulled to placate the neocons and get them off his back. That being said, Trump spent years down talking the war in syria and 75 days into office he's bombing them. What fucking part of that is the anti-war agenda he got elected on?

That all being said, I'm not going to blindly pledge my allegiance after watching that shit show last night. He's on probation in my mind and right now he's watered down every fucking thing he said he'd do. Here are things I expected that have been addressed in a watered down manner.

1). Immigration. Trump can overturn the Dream Act tomorrow because it just takes a presidential order. Why hasn't he?

He's not stopping the refugees from coming into our country, why?

2). Obamacare, just repeal it. This repeal/replace is bullshit that Ryan came up with and he's not on Trumps team.

3). Where are all the firings and elimination of gov't programs that are worthless?

4). Why hasn't Sessions cleaned house with the leftover traitors? Where is the investigation on the Clinton Foundation? Pedogate? How about all the past Obama coverups? He should be hiring attorneys by the hundreds, hell there are enough of them out there. All this shit should be fast tracked but nothing appears to be happening.

Probably another half dozen if I thought about it but you get the point, he's backing off and forgetting who brought him to the dance.

TabakLover's picture

Face it pal........ you backed a loser.  You put Goldman Sachs in charge of America.  Thanks for playing.

swmnguy's picture

Infiltration of this board?  That's hilarious.  I lurked at ZH for well over a year before I finally registered.  What I noticed was, about 14 months ago, (Early 2016) this board was taken over by anti-analytical Trump cheerleaders with a vicious anti-intellectual streak that had been gloriously and refreshingly absent from ZH to that point.

The whole reason I was reluctant to open an account and comment at ZH was that at that time, the dialogue was at such a high level and the commenters so well-informed I was embarrassed by my lack of depth in economic matters.  To read the partisan shilling and mindless nastiness that has proliferated around here in the past year and a half makes one wonder if they accidentally went to FreeRepublic or WND or some other cheap hangout of partisan hacks.

What basis do you have for your faith in Trump, both from the beginning, or after this past week's events?  I'd wager it's your interpretation of Trump's crafted television character over the past several decades.  I'd be shocked if it had anything to do with Trump's longstanding policy positions and fundamental set of values.  Because there's no public evidence of any such.

So, if you're going to criticize people here for "the speed in which people change thier opinion of something they have no understanding of," kindly defend your interpretation, in the old spirit of the ZH intellectual "fight club."

aeneas01's picture

I agree with you stecha.  Assad gasses his own people and Don responds by launching 60 missiles at an airport.  Could he do anything less?  Surely Assad's atrocity deserves 600 missiles?  And what about the promised follow-up? Has Don raised the DEFCON status?  Hmmmmmmmmm.  Is he sending in the marines?  Has Trump actually stated what happens next?   It seems to me that Don knows its a false flag and remembers the same con-job from 2012 (?) with Obama.  Why hassle Russia to reign in Assad for something he didn't do when he can create a pretext for Russia to send in some more ships to bomb ISIS.  How important is that airport to Assad?  Is it even under his control?  Maybe Don has sneakily taken out a C&C base for anti-Assad partisans (Al-Nusra &/or CIA) and is waiting for the next gas attack from the CIA black hats.  And all this happens while Bannon and Kushner fight it out to be the King's Right Hand.  Seems like Kabuki BS from where I'm sitting.  Don is smart and is playing the long game.  Beating them using their own Problem/Reaction/Solution paradigm.  Hang tough and don't believe the hype.     

I am a Man I am Forty's picture

Could we get a couple dual citizens in there to put a cherry on the top of this shit sundae.

Reaper's picture

Did Bannon reject the Syrian planning and was removed?  

Davidduke2000's picture

Yes he did , any nationalist would not attack a country that has not attacked the us, Bannon saw the move to the dark side , so trump as disloyal as usual he will kick him out, however Kelly Anne Conway will exit next week on her own stating family reasons. 

Reaper's picture

If Bannon knew they had advance warning of gas attack, he has protection.   He'll need "life insurance," like Weiner

Gohigher's picture

Zapruder film frame 300 to 350 for you and your family if you do not kneel, Donnie.


Trucker Glock's picture

This administration is way too fucking erratic to be effective at ANYTHING.

Yars Revenge's picture

Trump is suddenly doing a 180 and going full on Jewish neocon.

Heaven help us.

Defiated's picture

actually, NOT a 180...just taking off the disguise!!!!

Sonny Brakes's picture

Help me out, here, how do spell 'deep state'?

JBilyj's picture

Goldman muscling out the competition..

John Law Lives's picture

John McCain just gave an interview to Fox News in which he said this strike on Syria was just the beginning.  He said Raqqa and Mosul must be taken, and he wants Assad removed.  When asked what would happen if Assad were removed, McCain said there would be a long process to bring democracy to Syria.  McCain is a warhawking Neocon who seems to want endless US intervention abroad.

Davidduke2000's picture

mecca mccain will be dead before Assad is no longer president of Syria. 

IridiumRebel's picture

McCain will be fine in his bunker but we will be dead.