Bannon, Kushner involved in ‘war room’ for Russia probe: report

BY OLIVIA BEAVERS, THE HILL

Bannon, Kushner involved in 'war room' for Russia probe: report

President Trump’s top advisers plan to set up a “war room” unit to combat negative reports resulting from the ongoing probe into possible ties between Trump’s campaign and Russia, Reuters reported Friday.

White House chief strategist Steve Bannon and senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner will be involved in the new messaging effort, which also aims to push Trump’s policy agenda and schedule more rallies with supporters, according to Reuters.

Kushner and Bannon will work together to step up the White House’s strategic messaging. Reuters reports that Trump’s former campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, is also expected to be part of the messaging operation.

Bannon and White House chief of staff Reince Priebus have been laying the groundwork for the messaging operation this week, sources told the news outlet.
“Since the firing of Comey, that really exposed the fact that the White House in its current structure … is not prepared for really a one-front war, let alone a two-front war,” a person who remains in regular communication with the White House told Reuters.

“They need to have a structure in place that allows them to stay focused, [while] also truly fighting back on these attacks and these leaks.”

The reported “war room” is just one of the steps Trump and his advisers plan to take to respond to the probe into Russia’s attempts to influence the 2016 presidential election.

Trump reportedly hired Marc Kasowitz as his personal attorney earlier this week to represent him and guide him through the Russia investigations following the appointment of former FBI director Robert Mueller as special counsel to oversee the Russia investigation.

The president and his team are putting together a legal team of prominent lawyers who can help him best proceed through the questions surrounding whether his campaign colluded with Moscow.

The White House declined Reuter’s request for comment on the “war room” plans. A White House official confirmed to the news service that Trump intends to hold more rallies.

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  1. Kushner Again??? I didn’t vote for him, don’t like him and certainly don’t trust his views, values and judgement. He may also be in deeper trouble than Trump with FBI investigations.

  2. Uh oh. Bannon’s taken off his tie and stopped shaving again. Watch out! It’s no holds barred now.

  3. We need a serious campaign to rally millions of Americans to defeat the treason and criminal actions of the political left in America. What we do not need is wisecracks from the bystanders.

  4. @ yamit82:

    Hi, Yamit. It is good to see you! Boy, do we have a lot to disagree about!

    Of course, “Kushner again!” He’s the one, whose flagship property is at 666 Fifth Avenue; and you know the significance of that.

    No, you didn’t vote for him, and neither did I. Trump picked him as his chief advisor, because:

    1. He’s family, and therefore one of the few people on earth he can trust, and

    2. He’s a DOER, not a thinker; and when he does things, he does them BIG. You can probably thank Jared Kushner for arranging Trump’s grand-slam world tour, and for putting together the $110 billion arms deal that got it rolling.

    I don’t love the man; I don’t even think I like him; but if I’m correct, the world will soon be worshiping him.

  5. @ Michael S:

    1- Trump won because he followed Bannon’s populist agenda.. Certainly not Kushner’s or Ivanka’s liberal democrat values.

    2- I supported Trump knowing full well he is shallow egotistical and by his own admission hasn’t read a book since college… Therefore I looked to see if he would A- chose advisors and cabinet close to the agenda he was elected on. B- really make an attempt to drain the swamp.

    Other than getting his SC justice approved he has reneged on all of his other most critical pledges to those who voted for him… Governing is vastly different than corporate real estate…. there must be a team and a working relationship with congress. He has no team and no working relationship with congress. He picked Pence as a non threatening experienced legislator who could liaison with congress and get some production out of them towards his agenda… Not working out so well on that score and Pence is building his own war chest for a potential challenge.

    Instead his surrounding himself with loyalists he brought in enemies and the Republican establishment he are working overtime to derail his agenda and even bring him down…. Not very sound judgement on his part…. Here I see the hand of Jared and Ivanka.

    You cannot have a strong team around you when those closest to the President are close family members. In any disagreement you will lose to blood. Jared tried hard to get rid of Bannon thru leaks to MSNBC, proving he is a weasel. I think he had a lot to do with the picks for key cabinet positions like Tillerson and McMaster along with Matis all classical Jew haters pro Arabists. He has left the Ombam appointees in place and all are against him. His head of WH personnel is a Never Trumper blocking trump loyalist appointees in favor of never Trumpers.

    Back to Jared… Nobody can pin what he is doing and how much of what Trump does or says is not his influence but I don’t like or trust him or his judgement and I know that as long as he is there Trump will never achieve a cohesive WH. If Trump blows it the Republican will be wiped out in 2018 and it looks like it could end up that way.

    Trump and Israel… I am starting to MISS Obama already. Trump is more dangerous despite his court Jews. Refusing to move the embassy, not pardoning Pollard. elevating Terrorist Abbas to parity with Israel is ominous and choosing ISIS as enemy #1 not Iran and Saudi Arabia, N Korea and China is short sighted… Btw ISIS is in Israel’s interest to remain a force opposing Iran Hezbollah and Assad….. They also drain Russia of vital resources and Russia is broke. If the dems win majorities in mid term they will impeach Trump.

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