There is a major conflict taking place within the Trump administration between two of the President’s key advisors: Steve Bannon and Jared Kushner. We know that both men play pivotal roles in the Trump administration, but what else is there to learn?
Sixty three year old Steve Bannon is the former executive chairman of Beirbart News Network and a former lieutenant in the United States Navy. He has worked in a variety of different fields, such as in film production, and in the media industry as radio host. Most notably, he became the Chief Strategist of the White House on January 20th, 2017, after having served on Donald Trump’s presidential campaign in 2016. On the other hand, thirty six year old Jared Kushner is the president’s son in law and serves as his senior advisor. The real estate developer was also the publisher of Observer Media – the publisher of the New York Observer. He is also an entrepreneur and former owner of Kushner Companies. It is estimated that he and his family have a net worth of 1.8 billion dollars. However, after Trump’s successful elections, he relinquished his power and decided to focus on his role in the Trump administration instead.
Unfortunately, since assuming the duties of their respective posts in January, the two men appear to be at loggerheads. The two come from different backgrounds and share conflicting values and perspectives of governance. Kusher, along with his wife, Ivanka Trump, have taken a more liberal stance on ticklish issues and it is said they have been instrumental in persuading the present not to follow through with his original anti LGTB rights plans. Bannon the other hand, is a founding member of Beirbart- an online news blog that has become well known for its racist and discriminatory content. Time magazine’s Zeke J. Miller said it has” pushed racist, sexist, xenophobic and anti-Semitic material into the vein of the alternative right.”
To make matters worse, Bannon is a staunch Republican but Kusher is a fairly new to this political side. Though he is new to the political arena, he has stated in the past that he admires Franklin D. Roosevelt, who was a Democrat. In fact, before switching over to the Republican side in 2016, Kushner made large donations to the campaigns of various Democrats like Hillary Clinton. Clearly, Kushner and Bannon come from different political sides that hold opposing views on major societal issues.
In January 2017, Executive Order 13769 was issued in the United States. Steve Bannon and another Trump advisor, Stephen Miller, played a critical role in its implementation. This order targeted Syrian refugees specifically, who are not allowed to enter the US indefinitely. It also limits the number of other refugees who allowed into the country. While all of this was happening, Jaren Kushner was trying to mend ties with the Middle East and even made a visit to Iraq in April.
In that same month, a deadly chemical attack took place in the town of Khan Shaykun in Syria, killing 74 people and injuring hundreds more. The United Sates responded three days later by launching 59 missiles at the Shyrat Air Base. Bannon was against this move but his decision was dismissed by Jared Kushner, who then authorized the attack. Soon after, Bannon was removed from the National Security Council.
All of this information gives us great insight into the turbulent atmosphere in the White House. How exactly is Donald Trump supposed to make sound decisions about the future of America, when his main advisors are practically at war with one another? Time can only determine what happens next but let us hope that these two can find common ground.