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APRIL 14, 2017

     Relying on his family may prove a problem for President Trump.  Stephen K. Banno has a fitting nickname for his West Wing office: “The war room.”  But more and more, war is being waged on Bannon himself. And it is unclear how much longer he can survive in his job.  His isolation inside the White House, after weeks of bitter battle with other senior aides aligned with Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law, appeared to grow even starker this week after Trump undercut Bannon in an interview and downplayed his role as the Trump campaign’s chief executive.

     “I didn’t know Steve,” Trump told the New York Post columnist Michael Goodwin in an interview on Tuesday, explaining that Bannon was a latecomer to his presidential campaign. “I am my own strategist,” the president added, a pointed reference to what aides described as his growing irritation that Bannon is receiving credit for being the mastermind behind Trump’s victory.  The remarks were at least, in part, not true – Trump has known Bannon for some time, and has appeared on the radio show he used to host. But it was an unusually public rejection by a chief executive who generally keeps such criticism behind closed doors.

     Bannon appears to now recognize the peril of his situation and has kept a low profile inside the White House while Kushner has been away with his family. He has told friends and associates, using his trademark military vernacular, that he understands he cannot throw bombs every day and needs to pick his battles carefully. The split between the hard-nosed Bannon and the far more reserved and soft-spoken Kushner has evolved into much more than a personality clash

     Blood is thicker that friends - however, Trump cannot always put his family ahead of his friends and confidants.
 
 

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