Kushner omits some foreign contacts on security form

Miranda GreerApr 08, 2017

Kushner's initial mistake, one knowledgeable source said, was due to the transition's effort to get the forms done quickly.

On Friday morning, hours after a USA missile strike on a Syrian air base garnered bipartisan praise on Capitol Hill, news reports about the attack competed with the latest round of stories about internal divisions and speculation that Trump would shake up the top level of his administration.

TheHill.com said the administration is complaining that its victory dance about the airstrikes on Syria Thursday night and the confirmation of its Supreme Court nominee is getting stepped on by too many stories about palace intrigue within the White House. It seemed that their odd alliance would continue in the White House.

He is seen as wielding vast power with the president, who has come to lean heavily on the former Goldman Sachs executive for the direction of his economic and foreign policy agenda. Two sources close to Bannon told me the former Breitbart executive chairman argued against the strike - not because of its questionable constitutionality, but on the grounds that it doesn't advance Trump's America First doctrine. "During the campaign and transition, they had an nearly uncle-nephew thing going", one Bannon associate said.

The Beast's headline pretty much says it all: "Steve Bannon Calls Jared Kushner a "Cuck" and "Globalist" Behind His Back". He was reportedly defiant afterward, telling associates, "I love a gunfight", but Axios claims that inside the White House "all but dad are done with Bannon and his politics".

Trump is failing, and it looks like he is about to fire Steve Bannon and Reince Priebus.

"There's a big fight [going on]", one senior official told the Daily Beast. Cohn acts as Trump's chief economic adviser and Powell is a deputy national security adviser. White House officials downplayed the move, saying it came at the discretion of new national security adviser H.R. McMaster.

President Trump has never taken accountability before, so one shouldn't expect him to start now. And now Kushner has a prime seat at the president's table. Mr. Cohn is close with Mr. Kushner, who has said privately that he fears that Mr. Bannon plays to the president's worst impulses, according to people with direct knowledge of such discussions.

"If Bannon goes down, it's because he tied himself at the hip with Priebus", said one Bannon ally.

This lack of detail comes at a time when Kushner's meetings with Russian officials have come under scrutiny.

So, after 75 days, Kushner-and, to a lesser extent, Ivanka, Trump's chosen daughter and the bane of Tiffany Trump's existence-is in control at the White House.

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