Published: Sat, April 15, 2017
World | By Tasha Manning

Is Bannon in peril? Trump comments worry his populist base

President Trump's business empire has always been a family affair and now his White House appears to be headed in the same direction.

President Trump has taken chief strategist Stephen Bannon down a peg or two in public, but sources inside and outside the White House tell The Hill that they do not expect Bannon to be ousted despite mounting speculation that his firing is imminent. "I'm my own strategist". However, Bannon is, on balance, more conservative than his main rivals in the White House power struggle. "I like Steve", he told the New York Post.

A spokesman for Manafort said the lobbying work was not conducted on behalf of the Russian government and began before he became one of the Trump's closest advisers.

In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, the president described Bannon as "a guy who works for me".

The unusual public, lukewarm support from the boss has Bannon's friends and advisers anxious he will soon be out of a job. Bannon is, after all, a staffer - one that Trump, CNN's Sara Murray reports, believes was getting a little too much attention. But over the weekend, Axios reported that their primary goal is to see a White House "driven by the interests of the president, not ideology".

"I think it's very important in a healthy democracy to have a free and fair press".

Bannon was brought in to lead Trump's turbulent presidential campaign three months before Election Day in November.

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Bannon's occasionally been portrayed as the mastermind behind Trump's administration. Press Secretary Sean Spicer has also come under fire for comments he made about the Holocaust on Tuesday.

As for Bannon, before joining the campaign last summer as its chief executive officer, he was informally advising Trump.

"There's a new political order that's being formed", Bannon said during the Conservative Political Action Conference earlier this year. He is keenly aware of when Bannon joined the team and, more to the point, how far he'd gone without him.

Also in February, Conway promoted Ivanka Trump's fashion line products during an appearnace on Fox & Friends. Trump's new postures toward NATO, Russia, Syria, and China are only partial rejections of Bannon-esque white nationalist ideology.

That view cuts to the core of why Bannon might be on the outs at the White House. Palace gossip now puts the former head of Breitbart News in a vulnerable position, and the other Steve appears to have gotten the message - according to reports, he's cottoning to senior adviser Jared Kushner, the ostensible head of the West Wing moderates.

The relationship between Kushner and Bannon has soured in recent weeks, sources say, after Bannon was stripped of his role on the National Security Council Principals Committee last week and Kushner has been given more responsibilities.

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