“The war on Jared Kushner is about to go nuclear,” Vanity Fair
Donald Trump’s chief strategist don’t wait long. His bitter-sweet revenge is on the way. Senior officials at the far-right site Breitbart are already working on the plan devised by Steve Bannon, the senior White House strategist who was deposed by President Donald Trump. Bannon returned to the national battlefield he set up in 2007. In the program – an action against Ivanka Trump, the president’s daughter, and her husband Jared Kushner, whom Bannon signaled to be responsible for his dismissal.
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Vanity Fair spoke with senior officials and journalists on the vengeful website, who welcomed their leader back. “We have the duty for our country to be the defender of the movement,” Bannon told his crew upon his return.
Another senior told the magazine that a day before he was invited to the call, Bannon was already thinking about the next step. “Why are not you surprised by the reports,” Bannon was asked by an acquaintance in the White House. “We are going to war,” replied the senior strategist.
Besides Ivanka and Jared, National Security Adviser Herbert McMaster is in Bannon’s sights. On Sunday, an article was published in Breitbart about the senior adviser, claiming that he was promoting what the nationalistic website claiming he advocated “Quran Kissing.”
But Kushner and his wife, the president’s daughter, are at the top of Bannon’s priorities. “Steve wants to bring to the point of submission all the ideas they offer,” said Alex Marlowe, chief editor of the site. “He has quite a few cards up his sleeve.”
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According to Bannon’s associates, he regards Kushner as a stupid person. The two quarreled a lot about different policies, whether it was internal American issues or foreign policy. In most cases, Kushner had the upper hand, but the pressure that broke the camel’s back regarding Bannon was the attack against him in light of his support Trump response to the violence in Charlottesville. “He took it hard because it was just a lie,” said one member of the team at Breitbart. “The one who led this attack was Kushner and his men.”
But this was not the only disagreement. It was Bannon who led the attempt to move the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, but it was Kushner who stopped the move. Associates of the ousted strategist noted in a conversation with the American magazine that Bannon also pushed for a tougher line toward the Palestinians than Kushner. Bannon also decided to stay home the day Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas visited the White House in May. The reason for the claims on the subject was that Bannon did not want to be in the same room as Abu Mazen. “I do not want to breathe the same air with this terrorist,” Bannon wrote to his friend.
“Can also get the votes to oust Trump”
Another reason for Bannon’s associates who led to his dismissal is the collaboration between Kushner and Matt Drudge, a political commentator with a particularly popular independent blog “Drudge Report”, and other media outlets to topple him. In the weeks leading up to the dismissal, Drudge wrote quite a few columns against the strategist, and Bannon believes that Kushner encouraged Rupert Murdoch, owner of Fox News, which is affiliated with Trump, to lead a line to dismiss Bannon.
Last week the New York Times reported that Murdoch had told Trump at a private dinner with Kushner that he had to fire Bannon. Murdoch’s motive, according to Breitbart, is the success of a competing network, Sinclair Broadcasting, and the finger was directed at Bannon, who did not block the competitor’s move to acquire a communications company.
Bannon’s revenge plan had already begun. The main article last Sunday quoted a report from the British Daily Mail saying that Ivanka Trump was behind Bannon’s dismissal. “She pushed for the move because of Bannon’s extreme right-wing views and his defiance of the Jewish faith,” the article wrote.
Bannon also keeps a powerful card close to his chest. According to senior officials on the website he set up, Bannon presses Reince Priebus, he ousted White House chief of staff, to tell the whole truth about the dismissal of FBI chief James Coomy and the appointment of special prosecutor Robert Mueller to investigate Russian involvement in the election.
A source close to Priebus told Vanity Fair that the decision was taken by three with Trump: Ivanka, Kushner, and consultant Stephen Miller, who is considered a rising star after his last deposition.
Breitbart is happy about the return of their leader. “His return was like a celebration at the pub with the leader’s return,” said Washington website editor Matt Boyle. “Until now, Trump has been defended in the investigation of the Russian intervention in the elections, but it could change if Kushner has too much influence on the president, we are also willing to help Paul Ryan (Speaker of the House) get the votes to oust the president.”