Report: Bannon finds himself isolated as Kelly cracks down on McMaster criticism

Breitbart, the conservative media outlet formerly run by White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, has and continues to publish critical pieces about national security adviser Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster.

POLITICO reported on Friday that the matter has had a negative impact on Bannon, as a number of people in the White House see him as the person coordinating those condemnations.

"The attacks on McMaster have put Bannon in an especially awkward position with his new boss, retired Marine general John Kelly," POLITICO's Tara Palmeri writes. "Who has been increasingly defensive of McMaster, a longtime friend and fellow general, according to interviews with 10 administration officials and people close to the White House."

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Melania Trump: Wife to President Trump and first lady of the United States
Gary Cohn: Former Director of the U.S. National Economic Council
Michael Flynn: Former National Security Advisor, no longer with the Trump administration
Ivanka Trump: First daughter and presidential adviser
Gen. John Kelly: Former Secretary of Homeland Security, current White House chief of staff
Steve Bannon: Former White House chief strategist, no longer with the Trump administration
Jared Kushner: Son-in-law and senior adviser
Kellyanne Conway: Former Trump campaign manager, current counselor to the president
Reince Priebus: Former White House chief of staff, no longer with the Trump administration
Anthony Scaramucci: Former White House communications director, no longer with the Trump administration
Sarah Huckabee Sanders: White House press secretary
Donald Trump Jr.: First son to President Trump
Sean Spicer: Former White House press secretary, soon to be no longer with the Trump administration
Jeff Sessions: U.S. attorney general
Steve Mnuchin: Secretary of Treasury
Paul Manafort: Former Trump campaign chairman
Carter Page: Former foreign policy adviser to Trump's presidential campaign
Omarosa Manigault: Former Director of communications for the Office of Public Liaison
Jason Miller: Former White House communications director, no longer with the Trump administration
Mike Dubke: Former White House communications director, no longer with the Trump administration
Stephen Miller: Trump senior policy adviser
Corey Lewandowski: Former Trump campaign manager
Eric Trump: Son to President Trump
Rex Tillerson: Former Secretary of State
Sebastian Gorka: Former deputy assistant to the president in the Trump administration, no longer in his White House role
Roger Stone: Former Trump campaign adviser, current host of Stone Cold Truth
Betsy DeVos: U.S. Education Secretary

POLITICO further notes that Bannon has become more "isolated" since the departure of his ally, former chief of staff Reince Priebus.

The report comes days after a Wall Street Journal editorial board op-ed pointed out, "the alt-right brigades who seem to rise up as if on call to smite some White House policy opponent of aide Steve Bannon."

It continues, "The latest target has been H.R. McMaster...[who] has come in for abuse for favoring more troops and a new strategy in Afghanistan, for warning that Vladimir Putin is no friend of America, and for advising that Mr. Trump not precipitously withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal."

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McMaster has also spoken quite favorably about Kelly, whom he believes will be able to improve "cohesion" among White House high-level staffers.

In an interview with MSNBC's Hugh Hewitt that was broadcast on Saturday, McMaster said, "In terms of experience level, you know, demeanor, leadership ability, it's gonna be great for all of us, I think, in terms of improving our ability to operate together as a team."

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