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White House denies reports of shakeup that will oust Bannon, Priebus

Melinda Barton | 19 April, 2017, 07:14

The White House strongly denied reports Friday that Trump is considering major changes to his senior White House staff amid clashes among top aides.

It's pretty obvious that things aren't exactly going smoothly in the White House thus far and given Donald Trump's approval rating as well as ego-maniac personality I wouldn't be surprised if he pulls the trigger.

"T$3 his is not as significant as it appears, I think", McMaster told "Fox News Sunday" host Chris Wallace Sunday.

Jared Kushner, the White House's key diplomat and business innovator, did not disclose dozens of encounters with foreign leaders when he applied for top-secret security clearance, The New York Times reported on Thursday.

Although one associate of Bannon told New York Magazine that Bannon and Kushner used to have "an nearly uncle-nephew thing going", that has changed as Kushner has increasingly seen fit to challenge Bannon's populist ideology.

Bannon, the former executive chairman of Breitbart News, is among Trump's most trusted yet most controversial advisers.

Asked about the article, a White House spokeswoman said it was "completely false".

On Friday, after the China summit had concluded in Mar-a-Lago, Kushner and Bannon sat down face to face for a meeting organized and attended by Priebus, a senior administration official tells ABC News.

Allen offers a list of four under consideration to replace Priebus, including House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, the Republican Congressman who admitted on nationalTV the Benghazi Committee investigation was created to hurt Hillary Clinton's chancs of being elected president. In an administration where proximity often equates to power, Kushner was one of the U.S. officials sitting closest to Trump on Thursday as the president dined with Xi.

"The only thing we are shaking up is the way Washington operates as we push the President's aggressive agenda forward", Huckabee Sanders said.

Trump removed Bannon from the National Security Council (NSC) last week amid criticism his inclusion politicized the group.

Other candidates include the businessman and former lobbyist Wayne Berman, the political consultant David Urban, and Trump's economic adviser and former Goldman Sachs President Gary Cohn, according to staffers who spoke with Axios.