Jared Kushner omitted meetings with Russian officials on security clearance form

"We've had a tremendous success", he told reporters on Air Force One as he flew to Florida for his first meeting with Xi.

The senior White House official was not authorized to discuss changes that have not been formally announced and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Even as Trump apparently sought to cool the infighting, he is said to have floated potential replacements for Priebus, who has reportedly been on thin ice since January, due to the administration's early missteps.

Politico said, "The fight, people in the administration say, centers on policy differences".

Bannon served as chief executive of Trump's presidential campaign after leaving his former role as executive chairman of the conservative Breitbart News past year. While foreign policy experts cautioned that move alone wasn't enough to assume Bannon's role was diminished, given his continued access to the President, the rumor mill that has Bannon on the outs kicked into overdrive over the past 48 hours.

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".

When Kushner first submitted his forms to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, he left the section about foreign contacts blank - despite the fact that he had met with a large number of foreign emissaries and leaders once Donald Trump became the president-elect and he became the point man for global contacts for the incoming Trump administration.

Meanwhile, Kushner's star has been on the rise.

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The White House has repeatedly denied reports of internal strife, which have frequently dogged Trump's administration since Inauguration Day.

The apparent feud spilled out into the open this week after it was announced that Bannon was removed from Trump's National Security Council (NSC).

CNN added that Bannon has reportedly conceded that a war with Kushner is "unwinnable" due to the president's loyalty to his family.

Bannon, the former chief of Breitbart, a popular conservative website that has faced criticism for fueling the so-called "alt-right" movement that includes racist, anti-Semitic and anti-immigrant elements, is among the most provocative members of Trump's inner circle. After landing in Mar-a-Lago Thursday, Trump huddled for a lengthy briefing from his top national security officials in a secure facility installed at the resort, going over options with Defense Secretary James Mattis, McMaster, and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

One official said Bannon has lately complained about Kushner trying to "shiv him and push him out the door" and likened him to a fifth column in the White House.

Bannon's faction has come to refer to Cohn as "Globalist Gary", an insult for those aligned with Bannon's populist views.

Trump himself - who has wielded a management style based on staff divisions and chaos - downplayed talk of a staff shakeup on Thursday.

"This is not as significant as it appears, I think", said the 54-year-old general.

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