According to Axios, Donald Trump is considering firing both White House chief of staff Reince Priebus and chief strategist Steve Bannon.
Aides and advisers to the president told Axios that, while Trump is considering a major shake-up in the West Wing, it’s not clear when it would happen or if Trump will “pull that trigger.”
“Things are happening, but it’s very unclear the president’s willing to pull that trigger,” one top aide said.
Bannon was removed from the NSC earlier this week, seen by many White House staffers as a sign of the aide’s fall from grace inside the Trump administration. The reshuffling of the NSC came as Bannon, a self-described “economic nationalist,” finds himself locked in a battle with Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner over influence.
Bannon and Priebus represent divergent “wings” in the Trump administration, with Priebus serving as the voice of the political establishment in a White House full of political neophytes.
Firing them both would be an enormous upheaval for the young presidency, which has yet to hit its 100-day mark.
Axios did not say who could replace Bannon as Trump’s chief strategist but reported that House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Trump economic adviser Gary Cohn were among those being considered to replace Priebus as chief of staff.