Is Bannon in peril? Trump comments worry his populist base

Reports have surfaced about the business ties of former campaign aides as well as friction among high level advisers, including Steve Bannon and son-in-law Jared Kushner.

Trump said he had already jumped major hurdles in the campaign by that time, beating "all the senators and all the governors" before he met Bannon.

"I'm my own strategist", Trump said. Those include not only Kushner and his wife Trump's daughter Ivanka, but other advisers who share a similar, more moderate mind-set such as Gary Cohn, the chief economic adviser, and Dina Powell, a deputy national security adviser, most of whom believe the president should ease up on some of his hard-line campaign promises.

Krauthammer noted that it certainly seems like "Bannonism is in decline" in the White House, given how the recent foreign policy steps of the Trump administration are at odds with what the president spoke about in his inaugural address.

"No one expects them to do the equivalent of an Federal Bureau of Investigation background check, but a simple Google search could have solved a lot of these problems", Dan Pfeiffer, who served as senior adviser to President Barack Obama, said of Trump's team.

"Steve is a good guy, but I told them to straighten it out or I will", Mr. Trump said, after ordering a Bannon-Kushner truce late last week.

Publicly, the White House has played down any notion of a rift.

The only question now is whether Bannon accepts his very public dressing-down and stays in the job or whether he walks away from the White House and returns to his comfortable sinecure in the conservative media orbit. Marco Rubio's 2016 presidential campaign.

A source inside the White House told The Daily Beast Bannon and his team are "laying low" for now.

While the Breitbart website could potentially turn on Trump, a scenario that supposes Bannon is unceremoniously dumped and doesn't leave declaring victory, it would hardly unmoor the zealous core of support that has stood by Trump through countless political tsunamis.

In the end, whoever is advising in the White House, "this will be a Trump presidency", says former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, an informal Trump adviser.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer has previously described former campaign chair Paul Manafort as a hired gun who was with the campaign for a short period of time with the main goal of ensuring Trump received the needed delegates at the Republican National Convention.

"The president always speaks very highly to me about Steve Bannon", said one Trump ally.

On Monday, Spicer hosed down reports of the Bannon-Kushner infighting, but on Tuesday, Trump was talking them up. And then there was the "Saturday Night Live" send-up of Bannon as the Grim Reaper, operating Trump like a puppet. Given Trump's comments about Bannon, you wonder if he's in an itchy mood and looking to shake things up all around as the 100-day mark approaches.

Stories touting Bannon's influence and leaks against Kushner or Ivanka Trump apparently rankled the president.

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