Earlier this week, The Wall Street Journal’s editorial board took Senior Counselor to the President, Steve Bannon, to task for disloyalty and fomenting dysfunction by using conservative media outlets—like Breitbart News, which he used to lead—to launch attacks on others in the administration.
Now, POLITICO is weighing in on Breitbart’s recent attacks against National Security Adviser Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, reporting that those attacks are only further hurting Bannon’s standing in the Trump administration. That report states:
The attacks on McMaster have put Bannon in an especially awkward position with his new boss, retired Marine general John Kelly, who has been increasingly defensive of McMaster, a longtime friend and fellow general, according to interviews with 10 administration officials and people close to the White House. McMaster, who pushed Bannon off the National Security Council principals’ committee, hasn’t spoken to Bannon in weeks, one senior administration official said.
Trump’s chief strategist has been suspected in the past of orchestrating stories against his colleagues in Breitbart, which he ran before joining Trump’s campaign last August. Kelly has told West Wing staff that he won’t tolerate the infighting or anonymous comments to the press that characterized the tenure of Kelly’s predecessor Reince Priebus.
The continuing flood of negative stories targeting McMaster has served as a constant reminder that the problem was bigger than Priebus, who resigned two weeks ago.
The report continues, stating that Bannon didn’t go to Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J., and instead remained at his office in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building adjacent to the White House. There, he’s been keeping a low profile and publicly supporting new White House Chief of Staff John Kelly.