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White House Aides Say Bannon And Kushner Are Fighting

| by Jordan Smith

Anonymous White House officials have alleged that President Donald Trump's top strategist, Stephen Bannon, and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, have repeatedly clashed in recent weeks.

Many of the confrontations have occurred face to face, according to the information provided to The Daily Beast.

"Steve recently vented to us about Jared being a 'globalist' and a 'cuck'...he actually said 'cuck' as in 'cuckservative,'" one official told The Beast.

"Cuckservative," a portmanteau of cuckold and conservative, is an insult used in right-wing circles, while "globalist" is a term employed by nationalists like Bannon to describe their political opponents. However, the term "globalist" has also been associated with anti-Semitism.

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"It's all about policy. There's tension between them on trade, health care, immigration, taxes, [terrorism] -- you name it," another aide added.

The news comes a day after it was announced that Bannon, the former head of the Breitbart News website, was being removed from Trump's National Security Council (NSC). The reorganization of the council authorized by Trump gives increased power to General H. R. McMaster, Trump's national security adviser, and restores Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Joseph Dunford to the body.

Trump's order stated that McMaster, or someone designated by him, "shall determine the agenda in consultation with the appropriate committee members," according to Politico.

Critics of Bannon's membership in the NSC welcomed his removal, arguing that he politicized the body and that his presence had been a departure from the NSC's traditional structure.

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"It was not right to have him in that room in those meetings," Brian McKeon, who served on former President Barack Obama's NSC, told Politico.

Bannon and his allies said his role on the NSC had been fulfilled and that the move did not represent a demotion.

"Susan Rice operationalized the NSC during the last administration," a statement from Bannon read, according to The New York Times. "I was put on the NSC with Gen. Flynn to ensure that it was de-operationalized. Gen. McMaster has returned the NSC to its proper function."

Bannon was heavily involved in Trump's two executive orders banning immigration from a number of majority-Muslim countries.

But three sources close to Trump told The Times that Bannon's position was weakened during the debate over health care reform, with Trump preferring to fight for Republican supporters through negotiations rather than offering them an ultimatum, as Bannon had proposed.

Other sources told The Times that Kushner privately criticized Bannon for allegedly playing to Trump's worst impulses.

Kushner recently visited Iraq, and has been involved with policy work on China, Mexico and the Middle East.

Sources: The Daily Beast, Politico, The New York Times via National Post / Photo credit: Michael Vadon/Wikimedia Commons

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