Bannon and Trump, US Policy and Israel

In new book, Israel seen as locus of Bannon-Kushner power struggle

Top adviser tried to paint Trump’s son in law as weak on the Jewish state as the two competed for the president’s backing, Michael Wolff claims in ‘Fire and Fury’

WASHINGTON — A new book released Friday that has spellbound political Washington details the way Israel was caught in the middle of a fierce power struggle between US President Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner and his chief strategist Stephen Bannon.
“Fire and Fury: Inside The Trump White House” by Michael Wolff, which has been at the center of the latest Trump controversy cycle, depicts a situation in which Bannon often derided Kushner, who was tasked by the president with leading the administration’s efforts to broker a peace accord between Israelis and Palestinians.

Bannon Tries Backing Away From Explosive Comments

WASHINGTON — President Trump’s supporters moved aggressively on Sunday to counter revelations in a new book that some of his closest aides believe he is unstable and ill equipped for office, an assault that prompted the source of some of the most damning accusations, Stephen K. Bannon, to issue a striking mea culpa.
The multipronged attack, punctuated by a heated appearance on a Sunday talk show by a top White House adviser who was once a close ally of Mr. Bannon, was a sign of how the White House has been reeling from the allegations.

Right and Left React to the Clash Between Trump and Bannon

By Anna Dubenko
Jan. 4, 2018

Writers from across the political spectrum on the comments made by Stephen K. Bannon about President Trump and the president’s response.

Steve Bannon Steps Down From Breitbart Post

WASHINGTON — Stephen K. Bannon is stepping down from his post as executive chairman of Breitbart News, the company announced Tuesday.
Mr. Bannon’s departure, which was forced by a onetime financial patron, Rebekah Mercer, comes as Mr. Bannon remained unable to quell the furor over remarks attributed to him in a new book in which he questions President Trump’s mental fitness and disparages his elder son, Donald Trump Jr.
Mr. Bannon and Breitbart will work together on a smooth transition, a statement from the company’s chief executive, Larry Solov, said.

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