There have been internal disputes about Steve Bannon’s philosophy and role in the White House right now.
These disputes most likely culminated to the point where President Trump felt the need to remove Bannon from being a part of the National Security Council.
But Roger Stone, Trump’s longtime friend and adviser, believes he knows who in the White House is leaking these anti-Bannon stories to MSNBC and other mainstream media outlets because of philosophical and ideological disputes.
The Daily Beast reported:
“During a segment on InfoWars today, Roger Stone, who was previously an adviser during the early months of President Trump’s campaign, claimed to host Alex Jones that Trump’s own son-in-law Jared Kushner was leaking information to MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough.
‘Jared Kushner, perhaps the one presidential aide who cannot be fired, is now in regular text message communications with Joe Scarborough,’ Stone claimed.
Many of the anti-Steve Bannon stories that you see, the themes that you see on Morning Joe, are being dictated by Kushner. And while Mr. Kushner’s plate is very full with Middle Eastern peace and the China visit, and so on, in this case I think he is disserving the president.’
Stone did not respond to a subsequent text and email from The Daily Beast seeking clarification on this claim.
‘There is no question now that sources tell me that the president’s son-in-law enjoys a very lively text exchange with Joe Scarborough,’ Stone continued.
‘Joe Scarborough is no friend of the president, he revels in passing fake news. He himself has more scandals than you can shake a stick at.’
Scarborough has oscillated between criticizing the president on air and maintaining a friendly relationship with him, for instance recently meeting with Trump prior to his address to Congress. Trump, in turn, has claimed over and over again that he no longer watches the show.’”
Roger Stone could be just reaching and he even recently sat down with Bill Maher and defended President Trump implicitly against his ties to Russia and his friendship with the president. So it seems he’s making the rounds to talk about Trump for personal financial gain.
Maybe he’s a narcissist, but Politico also reported there is an internal clash between Kushner and Bannon as well.
“In recent weeks, Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, has asked searching questions — sometimes for hours — of inside and outside advisers about the White House’s performance and complained about Bannon in particular, according to people who have spoken with Kushner. Kushner, a one-time New York Democrat, and Bannon, a hard-right nationalist, have clashed as Kushner has told people that Bannon’s desire to deconstruct the government is hurting the president.
One person familiar with Kushner’s thinking says Kushner believes Bannon is more of a problem than Reince Priebus, the chief of staff.
‘Big fight is between nationalists and the ‘West Wing Democrats,’’ one senior administration official said.”
But Politico also reported:
“One White House official said Bannon was placed on the NSC to ‘babysit’ Trump’s first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, who resigned in mid-February after misleading Vice President Mike Pence about his conversations with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak.
This official said Bannon’s role was also to ensure that the NSC was ‘de-operationalized’ following the Obama administration.
‘That job is done,’ the official said. ‘It’s not like he’s been in principal committee meetings constantly saying [to McMaster], ‘You can’t do this, you can’t do that,’another of the officials said. ‘That hasn’t happened.’
Bannon had not been a regular attendee of NSC principals meetings. One person said he attended one meeting; another said he hadn’t attended any.”
Maybe Roger Stone is overreaching for straws that aren’t there. Or maybe Kushner is using Joe Scarborough to push his own agenda of removing Bannon. But one thing is clear; Trump removing Bannon from the National Security Council speaks volumes.