Friday, August 18th, 2017, for many of us was just like any other Friday: we counted down the time to leave our offices or schools and head home for a nice and relaxing weekend. No drama there! But this same Friday in Trump’s White House continued the political drama that has continued to play out during his presidency.
Word circulated through different news publications and media that Steve Bannon had resigned from his position as White House Chief Strategist for President Trump.
For some fanatics of politics and news, this latest change-up in Trump’s administration may come to no surprise. It has been asserted that since John Kelly became White House chief of staff for President Trump, the writing was on the wall for Mr. Bannon. Nevertheless, Bannon pointed out that he had not been forced out and that this latest modification to Trump’s team has basically been his plan. Either way, it cannot be overlooked or outright denied that there has been quite a bit of disharmony on this team, which makes sense because there are individuals with different views and approaches to politics that are advising the same President.
Mr. Bannon made it known to The American Prospect that he had to “fight” others in the administration to advance the ideas that he stands on and what Trump basically preached during the campaign. Those “enemies” of Bannon’s are Gary Cohn, Pres. Trump’s chief economic advisor, National Security Adviser Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, and last, but not least, Jared Kushner, Pres. Trump’s son-in-law.
Kushner may have what no one else has and that is a direct line to the President through Trump’s daughter, Ivanka. Apparently, Bannon even referred to the couple by their celebrity nickname and there was no love lost between him and them. It is not completely apparent how much pull Ivanka has with her father’s presidency when it comes to policy, but it can be reasonably assumed that Trump trusts in his family enough to ask them to play major roles in his administration and even take them to major engagements with foreign world leaders.
At the end of the day, Bannon may have had some of Trump’s ear, but he ultimately could never win his heart like Ivanka (and, therefore, Jared). Bannon could not stay in the White House trying to battle or preach something wholly different from daddy’s little girl. This is not to say that Trump does not think for himself, however, he clearly has Kushner and his children a part of his team for some guidance in how he has and will continue to proceed as Commander-in-Chief.
Trump (with Bannon’s support) may have won on a nationalist-populist campaign strategy, but a different plan of action may be called for to maintain order in the White House and give Trump a successful presidency or, at least, a presidency without accusations of supporting any white nationalist thinking.
Originally published on The Daily Nerv – August 16, 2017