President Trump is said to be stoking the conflict between aides to have his underlings fight among themselves for his favor, which sounds like a great tactic for producing a reality show, but not for running a White House. Kushner, the president's son-in-law, is considered principal among a group of White House aides with more moderate political leanings.
The men met on Friday at Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida, after being ordered to by White House chief of staff Reince Priebus at the request of the president, according to reports.
Trump purportedly told the pair to "work this out" amid repeated policy disagreements between them - a recurring media narrative.
President Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner has no diplomatic experience, but he has become Mr. Trump's point person for high-stakes worldwide...
In addition to getting booted from the National Security Council, rumor has it that Steve Bannon, along with one-time rival Reince Priebus, might get evicted from the White House altogether. Bannon reportedly did not support the strike on a Syrian airfield that the USA carried out Thursday night in response to a chemical attack Trump has blamed on the Syrian government.
The Trump White House has been a hotbed of intrigue since he took office on January 20.
Kushner's failure to disclose these meetings with Russian officials was the third time a Trump administration official had not disclosed details about meetings and conversations with Russians.
The White House has also denied reports of a staff shakeup, writing in a statement that "the only thing we are shaking up is the way Washington operates as we push the president's aggressive agenda forward".
Bannon is arguably one of the most unpopular members of the Trump administration in large part for his role in founding Breitbart News, the ultra conservative and controversial news platform.
America First Policies, a nonprofit stocked with aides close to Kushner and the Trump family, and recently joined by Priebus's former deputy, has been promoting the targeted strike as evidence of "America leading again".
Both Cohn and Powell - who both came from the administration directly from Goldman Sachs - are viewed internally as close to Kushner, a dynamic that rankled those in the White House close to Bannon. The White House has pushed back on those reports.
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