by Boer Deng
Donald Trump’s chief strategist has been told to set aside his differences with other members of the White House or risk the sack.
Steve Bannon, who used to run Breitbart, the right wing news website, was seen huddled with Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law, in what appeared to be peace talks between two men heading rival factions of a divided administration.
Sources in the White House said that Mr Trump had told Mr Bannon: “We gotta work this out” and to “cut it out” over the rivalry against the president’s son-in-law, whose influence has grown.
Reince Priebus, the White House chief of staff, mediated at Mar-a-Lago, the president’s Florida resort, where, officials say, Mr Trump’s chief strategist and his rival “buried the hatchet”.
Mr Bannon is said to doubt that the peace will last. Nevertheless his supporters say that he is prepared to fight what he recognised as an all but unwinnable battle against a member of Mr Trump’s family.
The rift between Mr Bannon and Mr Kushner, who represent the isolationist and globalist wings of the administration, has set tongues wagging over whether the strategist might be replaced. Mr Bannon was credited with helping Mr Trump to hone his “America First” message. The influence of the faction he leads appears to have waned, however, after his approach was blamed for derailing Mr Trump’s first attempt to pass healthcare reforms.
Last week he was removed from having a permanent post on the National Security Council.
He had also urged the president not to intervene directly against the Syrian government by striking the Assad regime’s airfield, although he believes that the world is poised for a conflict between Islam and the West.
Amid rumours of a wider shake-up of Donald Trump’s team, deputy national security adviser Kathleen McFarland is to leave the White House after being offered the job of ambassador to Singapore
Among Steve Bannon’s favourite texts are works by Nassim Nicholas Taleb, who writes about volatile events in an unpredictable world, and a work by amateur historians called The Fourth Turning. That book says that US history runs in predictable 80-year cycles of prosperity and catastrophe. It says that the country is due for a crisis that will reshape the country as much as the Civil War or the Depression.
According to Mr Bannon, “the world is in the beginning state of a crisis that it can’t avoid”.
“Everything President Trump is doing — all of it — is to get ahead of or stop any potential crisis,” he told The New York Times.
The proposal to build a wall along the Mexican border, to limit immigration and establish more protectionist trade policies, conform to that vision.
The difference between Mr Bannon and Mr Kushner, a property developer used to seeking international deals, could not be more stark. Mr Trump likes to portray himself as a loyal man, but he is known to be pragmatic, not ideological like Mr Bannon.
Corey Lewandowski, Mr Trump’s pugilistic first campaign adviser, was sacked after falling out with the Kushners, but he remains a consultant.
POTUS goes 180
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