The chief strategist for Donald Trump, Steve Bannon, has never been one to keep his opinions to himself — much like his employer.
However, what he says behind the back of Donald Trump’s family is quickly leaking into the media, which might mean some significant changes for Trump’s cabinet in the future.
One comment of note is that Bannon referred to Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, as a “cuck” and “globalist” during one of their more high-tension moments.
A Never-Ending Feud
The disagreements and fights between Bannon and Kushner are not kept secret by the Trump administration. In fact, they are one of the primary sources of leaks to the media. However, Bannon and Kushner’s battles are becoming less like a schoolyard feud and more of a non-stop battle.
The two have been seen clashing face-to-face on multiple instances. Furthermore, Bannon has been making public complaints about Trump’s son-in-law, accusing him of trying to push Bannon out of his role.
Bannon’s image inside the White House is unstable, and his level of respect among his peers is dwindling. Many senior advisors have tried to undermine Bannon’s authority.
One report stated that Bannon’s removal from his post at the National Security Council was more of an internal push by the administration. Some theorize that Trump is working to erase Bannon’s role entirely, especially with Bannon’s failures regarding the immigration ban.
Initially, Trump had offered his support to Bannon regarding the recently-failed health-care bill. However, Trump has now passed that task along to Vice President Pence.
Trump’s Irritation Grows with Continuing Feuds
The bickering and fights are not sitting well with Trump. Several associates close to the president have expressed annoyance over Bannon’s agenda setting.
Further, Trump is not enthusiastic about the “President Bannon” jokes that have been circulating on late-night television and in magazines as of late.
After all, Bannon’s actions are upstaging the President — someone notorious for wanting to stay in the spotlight at all times.
What are the Fights About?
Until his father-in-law became President, Kushner was a long-time liberal and donor to the Democratic party.
Bannon, on the other hand, has always been a self-proclaimed “nationalist” and a Republican.
Most of the fights between the two stem from policies. The tensions increase when policies on health, trade, taxes, immigration, and terrorism come up.
Other disagreements stem other discussions during official White House meetings — including the use of the infamous Dr. Death, also know as Zeke Emanuel, for healthcare policies. Emanuel has been a long-standing advocate for end-of-life consultations and is the brother of Obama’s former chief of staff.
After Bannon’s removal from the National Security Council, a spokesperson stated that his placement on that council was only to babysit Flynn. Bannon never attended meetings, and once Flynn was removed, there was no point in him staying on the committee.