According to the Daily Beast, the war brewing between Trump's life long democratic son in law, Jared Kushner, and Steve Bannon, has reached a fevered pitch. Before I get into the story, let me address the democratic status of Kushner. He's contributed over $100k to democratic politicians, giving Hillary Clinton money in 2000 and again in 2003. He's been a donor to Senators Chuck Schumer and Robert Menendez. Also, he gave money to Reps Booker and Pascrell. He did, however, give $1,000 to Rudy Guiliani, back in 1999. Earlier this week, Roger Stone reported that Kushner was leaking damaging info about Bannon to MSNBC's Joe Scarborough. The very next day, Bannon was pushed out of the NSC. Now we're hearing rumors that Bannon refers to Kushner as a 'cuck' and 'globalist.' That's hard to argue, especially since Kushner looks like one and has supported candidates who were vying for amnesty for nearly two decades. Cuck Bannon likened Kushner to a 'fifth column', saying he was trying to 'shiv him and push him out the door', according to the Daily Beast.
“There’s a big fight [going on],” one senior official said. “It’s all about policy. There’s tension [between them] on trade, health care, immigration, taxes, [terrorism]—you name it.”
The White House and Bannon did not respond to emails seeking comment. With regards to healthcare, Kushner invited Zeke Emanuel, brother of Rahm Emanuel (Obama's Chief of Staff) and main architect of Obamacare, to consult the Trump White House on how to proceed with Trumpcare, according to a senior Trump aide.
"Steve thinks Jared is worse than a Democrat, basically," another official close to Bannon said. "[Steve] has a very specific vision for what he believes, and what he shares [ideologically] with Trump. And he has for a long time now seen [Jared] as a major obstacle to achieving that." Bannon was removed from his post on the National Security Council on Wednesday. One senior Trump administration official told The Daily Beast on Wednesday morning that Bannon was "only on [NSC] to babysit [Michael] Flynn" because Trump "was losing faith" in Flynn, and that Bannon "never went to meetings."
Immediately following the inauguration, democrats took to Twitter with the #PresidentBannon meme, hoping to trigger the vainglorious President into firing Bannon. It appears, as unbelievable as it may seem, such attempts have worked.
The Times also reported that “Bannon’s Svengali-style reputation has chafed on a president who sees himself as the West Wing’s only leading man,” and that “several associates said the president had quietly expressed annoyance over the credit Mr. Bannon had received for setting the agenda—and Mr. Trump was not pleased by the ‘President Bannon’ puppet-master theme promoted by magazines, late-night talk shows and Twitter.” A Republican source close to Trump told The Daily Beast confirmed this level of insecurity over Bannon’s reputation coming from the president, and mentioned that the president was “irked” after catching a glimpse of a recent cold-open on Saturday Night Live. Bannon was depicted as a Grim Reaper character who manipulates Alec Baldwin’s President Trump into sowing global chaos and diplomatic breakdown. At the end of the scene, “Bannon” tells Trump to give him his Oval Office desk back. Baldwin’s Trump calls the Reaper “Mr. President,” and then proceeds to go sit at his own much smaller, shorter desk, where the president plays with a kid’s toy instead of governing. "Did you see this crap?" Trump asked the confidante, referring to the SNL sketch.
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