Let’s face it, Donald Trump’s presidency hasn’t exactly gone as planned. The failure to repeal and replace the Affordable Health Care Act was a major black eye for Trump and Republicans alike as they currently have control of the house and senate but still couldn’t get their plan passed. The possible Russian connections are another issue the administration is dealing with.
But now, it’s being reported that Trump may be looking to replace two top officials that he may blame for some of these problems.
It was reported Friday by The Hill, that both White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and Chief Strategist Stephen Bannon are on the president’s chopping block.
Advisors to Trump told Axios that he is definitely considering replacing the two but doesn’t know if he can “pull the trigger.”
The reason Priebus could soon be looking for employment elsewherethat is that Trump holds him partially responsible for the failure of his health care plan.
Replacement are already being discussed with House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Trump’s economic adviser Gary Cohn as frontrunners, according to one White House insider.
Bannon, on the other hand, is a far more controversial story as he and Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, fight for the ear of the president.
Bannon being removed from the National Security Council might be an early indication that he has fallen from grace with the president. Some reports have stated that Bannon was going to “quit,” but Bannon quickly shot down those claims calling them “100 percent nonsense.”
“The tension, the exhaustion, the raw nerves have gotten much harder to disguise,” one top aide told Axios. The Times and Washington Post both have reported that tension between Kushner and Bannon have reached boiling points as they try to pull Trump in opposite directions.
Popular opinion is that the president is putting more trust into Kushner’s advice and guidance. Supposedly, Kushner pushed for Trump to respond to Syria’s recent bombing with military action while Bannon was opposed to it. Last night’s bombing would seem to be confirmation that Kushner is swaying the president’s decisions.
Trump has only been in office 11 weeks, so personnel changes are reasonable. Given that most Americans seem to support the strike against Syria last night, Kushner may have just solidified his position as the favored adviser.