Fox News’ CEO Rupert Murdoch has reportedly advised President Trump to fire White House chief strategist and former Breitbart executive Steve Bannon.
The New York Times reported that Murdoch broached the topic with Trump at a recent White House dinner, urging him to oust Bannon.
Murdoch’s advice follows reports that President Trump may believe Bannon to be the source of recent leaks, particularly regarding national security adviser H.R. McMaster. According to the report, Trump did not reject the advice and even voiced his own concerns about Bannon.
Trump has reportedly been “irritated” with Bannon following a series of negative articles written about national security adviser H.R. McMaster by the adviser’s former news site, Breitbart. The report also speculated that if Trump were to ax Bannon, he would likely call on Chief of Staff Gen. John Kelly to do the “dirty work.”
The rift between Bannon and McMaster has been widening for some time. At its root is an ideological disagreement over foreign policy. The Washington Examiner reported: “McMaster and Bannon represent two very different factions of Republican foreign policy orthodoxy. Bannon, the former head of Breitbart News, is an advocate of reduced global engagement and aggressive action against Iran, the Islamic State, and ‘globalist’ economic policy.”
White House aide Sebastian Gorka offered a veiled threat to any and all west wing leakers on Friday, saying they shouldn’t test the patience of the new chief of staff.
“This is John F. Kelly. This is a man you do not toy with,” Gorka said during an appearance on “Fox and Friends.”
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