Donald Trump’s decision this week to remove Steve Bannon from the White House National Security is the least of Bannon’s worries, according to reports now coming from sources as serious as the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. Trump has been kicking Bannon out of meetings, saying he’s not needed, and Trump is apparently on the verge of firing Bannon and one other key member of his Senior Staff in an attempt to shake things up.
The writing may have been on the wall when the White House unceremoniously removed Bannon from the NSC without explanation. Then came word from Politico (link) that Bannon took the news poorly and wanted to quit his reduced White House role entirely, but was talked out of it by a financial backer. But now comes word from the NY Times (link) that Trump has been kicking Bannon out of other meetings, “curtly telling him he is not needed” in them, meaning that Bannon is being sidelined far more thoroughly than merely having been booted from the NSC. And it gets worse for him.
Donald Trump is now looking at firing both Steve Bannon and Reince Priebus in a forthcoming White House shakeup, according to the Wall Street Journal (link). But Axios, a political publication launched by a cofounder of Politico, is taking things even further – saying that “things are happening” with regard to the staff shakeup (link). Meanwhile moderate Republican Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen is calling on Trump to fire Steve Bannon (link); she’s going so far as to predict that it will happen.
However, even as Bannon and Priebus find themselves under fire from within the White House, many of Trump’s own supporters are demanding that he instead fire his son-in-law Jared Kushner – as Palmer Report documented earlier today (link). Its unlikely Trump will fire Kushner, thus putting him in direct conflict with his own base. Contribute to Palmer Report
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report