Jared Kushner, Steve Bannon 'bury the hatchet' after White House infighting

PALM BEACH, Fla./WASHINGTON, April 8 (Reuters) - Top White House aides Steve Bannon and Jared Kushner met and agreed to "bury the hatchet" over their differences, a senior administration official said on Saturday, in a bid to stop infighting that has distracted from President Donald Trump's message.

Bannon, Trump's chief strategist, and Kushner, an influential adviser and Trump's son-in-law, met on Friday at the request of White House chief of staff Reince Priebus who told them that if they have any policy differences, they should air them internally, the official said.

The development at the president's Mar-a-Lago retreat in Palm Beach, Florida, came at the end of what has been a relatively smooth week for Trump.

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U.S. President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior advisor Jared Kushner (L) speaks with Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, before departing for Iraq from Ramstein Air Base, Germany April 3, 2017. DoD/Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Dominique A. Pineiro/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. EDITORIAL USE ONLY.
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Trump ordered airstrikes against Syrian targets that drew praise in many parts of the world and staged an error-free summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping, complete with his wife, Melania, wearing a red dress to symbolize the main color of the Chinese flag.

Priebus' message to Bannon and Kushner was to "stop with the palace intrigue" and focus on the president's agenda, the official told Reuters.

Both aides left having agreed that it was time to "bury the hatchet and move forward," said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

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Four former advisers to the president said Trump is accustomed to chaos in his decades-long career as a real estate developer but that even he has grown weary of the infighting.

"He's got a long fuse for that kind of thing," said one former adviser. "I imagine he has gotten tired of this."

The White House dismissed persistent talk that Trump might be on the verge of a staff shakeup. "The only thing we are shaking up is the way Washington operates as we push the president's aggressive agenda forward," spokeswoman Lindsay Walters said.

The Trump White House has been a hotbed of palace intrigue since he took office on Jan. 20. But the drama has intensified after the failed effort to get healthcare legislation approved by the House of Representatives and the rocky rollout of an executive order attempting to temporarily ban citizens of six Muslim-majority nations from entering the United States.

Bannon, former chief of the conservative news organization Breitbart News, has been at odds with Kushner and Gary Cohn, the head of the White House National Economic Council, an administration official and the four former advisers said.

The former Trump advisers said Kushner, husband of Trump daughter Ivanka Trump, is trying to tug the president into a more mainstream position, while Bannon is trying to keep aflame the nationalist fervor that carried Trump to his unexpected election victory on Nov. 8.

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Bannon is getting some of the blame for the administration's early stumbles because, one former adviser said, "The president demands results."

In what was viewed as a sign of Bannon's declining influence, he was removed from his seat on the National Security Council this week. Administration officials said this was done at the urging of national security adviser H.R. McMaster, with whom Bannon had clashed.

Some of the former Trump advisers said Priebus is at fault for not gaining control of the feuding and said Cohn, a former Goldman Sachs executive, would be a candidate to replace him.

Priebus is the former chairman of the Republican National Committee and bucked many in his party by putting the weight of the RNC behind Trump when it was clear he would be the party's presidential nominee. ""Reince is chief of staff," said a source familiar with the issue. "He's not going anywhere."

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Bannon should never have been on the National Security Council, he should be removed from the White House next. https://t.co/utZJXD9Wz4
White nationalists don’t belong on the National Security Council. They also don’t belong in the White House.… https://t.co/IacBhGYvCp
BREAKING NEWS! After swell of support for my bill to kick Steve Bannon off the NSC, he has been removed from NSC! #DepoliticizeTheNSC #FL07
Positive sign in terms of NSC process to extent it's relevant. One might note Kushner is not on NSC, yet appears to… https://t.co/rmpv5Zl1iM
I'm no management expert, but WH putting Bannon on NSC solely out of fear WH's chosen NSA might do something crazy seems an odd explanation
WOW! Steve Bannon tossed from National Security Council! After watching yesterday's new ads, Trump is replacing him with a can of Pepsi.
In war for WH, GOP, Pence & Priebus were always going to win - it was just a matter of when, not if. Bannon move proof.
Sen Cardin on Bannon being off the NSC: "If that is true..I'd be very pleased...my hope is that he has no role in government at all."
BREAKING: Steve Bannon is off the NSC! If I'm a betting woman, w the world in chaos, I'd bet McMaster finally told Trump my way or I'm gone!
BREAKING: Steve Bannon off the National Security Council. Good move. He should never have been on it. 👍
Good news that white nationalist Steve Bannon is off NSC Principals Committee. Would be even better news if here were out of WH altogether.
guess you could say they’ll be bannon him from future meetings, yes, this is a cry for help https://t.co/z6D1xjjSGv
Senior WH official says Bannon's mission on the NSC was to keep an eye on Flynn as he "de-operationalized" the NSC from Rice. "Mission Done"
We haven't heard much at all about H. R. McMaster recently, but he has respect across the board, and this is likely his doing. #Bannon
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Republican strategist Charlie Black, who has known Trump for 30 years, said he did not think a shakeup was imminent and that Trump's White House reflects his traditional approach to running his business.

"He's always had a spokes-to-the-wheel management style," said Black. "He wants people with differing views among the spokes."

Bill Daley, a former White House chief of staff to President Barack Obama, who got pushed out in a shakeup himself after roughly a year into the job, said it appears that inside the Trump White House there's a struggle for "the soul and brain of the president."

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