Are Bannon and Others On the Way Out?

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

As the Steve Bannon vs Jared Kushner war continues, several outlets have reported that Bannon and others may be on their way out.

The Wall Street Journal reported this morning that chief strategist Steve Bannon and chief of staff Reince Priebus may both be replaced and, according to Axios, there's even a short list of possible Priebus replacements.

But why replace Priebus?

According to several reports, Trump is unhappy with Priebus because he failed to deliver any significant victories during his first months in office which saw Trumpcare abandoned and the Muslim Ban go down in flames. The chief of staff isn't actually responsible for delivering these things, but this is what happens when you work for Trump.

Meanwhile, New York Magazine reports that Bannon advised against last night's attack on a Syrian airfield, a sign that he's losing the war with Kushner.

Two sources close to Bannon told me the former Breitbart executive chairman argued against the strike — not because of its questionable constitutionality, but on the grounds that it doesn’t advance Trump’s America First doctrine. “Steve doesn’t think we belong there,” one Bannon ally told me. Bannon’s position lost out to those inside the White House, including Jared Kushner, who argued Trump needed to punish the Assad regime.

Kushner has a significant advantage over Bannon; he's married to Trump's daughter.

Nepotism rules in this White House, but eventually it will be Kushner's turn. Trump has now entrusted his entire agenda to Kushner and there's no reason to believe he'll be any more successful than Bannon or Priebus were.

Everything Trump touches turns to shit.

  • Aynwrong

    I know I touched on this the other night but,

    Jared Kushner is the nepotism case who inherited a New York newspaper that I doubt most people have ever heard of (Hell, I’m a news junkie from New Jersey and I’ve never heard of this particular rag!!) and Bannon is the “lying White supremacist kingpin” [h/t Driftglass] who bought his way into a White nationalist website with royalties from a sitcom known for it’s Jewish main cast and these idiots are the advisers to the President of the United States who is himself A FUCKING GAME SHOW HOST!!!

    Pundits need to stop comparing this to Game of Thrones. This isn’t even Benson. Benson had class.

  • muselet

    Donald Trump’s signature chaos-and-loyalty method of management doesn’t seem to work very well in government, does it?

    I actually hope the rumors are wrong and Reince Priebus and Steve Bannon are forced to ride this plane crash all the way to the ground: if they get cut loose, they can wash their hands of the horrors they helped unleash on the world (“Hey, I got fired. You can’t blame me for what happened afterward.”). That’s not much comfort, but it’s the only vaguely positive thing I can think of.

    (And as long as Jared Kushner is married to Ivanka Trump, he almost certainly won’t get canned.)


    • JMAshby

      I wonder just how ambitious Kushner is. He almost certainly knows things about Trump that he could use against him, just as he is using inside information against Bannon.

      They’re all snakes. It’s why things haven’t gone smoothly. Everyone in the White House is looking over their shoulder because, deep down, they know they don’t belong there.

  • Arthur Croft

    Here’s to hoping they destroy each other and there’s nothing left of them or the Republican party without bringing us down in the process.

  • ninjaf

    Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy. Any of ’em. Take your pick.

    • fry1laurie

      I choose Drumpf.