President Trump’s White House is making an effort to heal the wounds from the infighting and leaks that have dogged the administration over its first 100 days.
Trump appears to have brokered at least a temporary peace between son-in-law Jared Kushner, a senior adviser with a growing portfolio of responsibilities, and chief strategist Stephen Bannon, the former Breitbart News chief whose rough edges and nationalist vision were among the animating characteristics of Trump’s insurgent campaign.
People who have spoken with Bannon say he has given explicit orders to allies who may have been taking swipes at Kushner in the press to knock it off.
But the persistent internal warring and fears over what stories might appear in tomorrow’s newspapers have driven some administration officials to exhaustion.
It has sometimes felt like top officials have been in an arms race to plant or kill stories in the press. Those who decline to participate in the sniping feel at risk of being thrown under the bus by their colleagues or described by the media as having diminished influence, according to officials interviewed by The Hill.
That kill-or-be-killed mentality has trickled down to junior staffers, who have increasingly joined the melee themselves.