Paris Exit Highlights Feud Between Kushner, Bannon

President Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris climate accord has intensified the spotlight on the White House rivalry between chief strategist Steve Bannon and Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, with one cable commentator proclaiming the former Breitbart chairman is now the de facto commander in chief.

Bannon had been pushing the president hard to exit the pact, while Kushner reportedly lobbied Trump to stay. A beaming Bannon took a victory lap during Trump’s announcement in the Rose Garden Thursday, while fellow top adviser Kushner was nowhere to be found.

Republican strategist Ford O’Connell told the Herald that Trump enjoys rivalries among his staffers and that who’s up and who’s down any given week often changes based on the news cycle.

“He absolutely wants his key staffers to compete and he feels when that occurs he gets the best product,” said O’Connell. “Sometimes they don’t necessarily shake it off and go back to their corner. Sometimes there are grudges that are held.”

Read more from Chris Cassidy at the Boston Herald

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