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Trump Taking A Few Steps Back From Steve Banon With Recent Remarks

President Donald Trump spoke to the New York Post on Tuesday, and he was asked about his chief strategist, Steve Bannon. Bannon has been a controversial figure in the Trump campaign, and there has been a lot of reports of Bannon and Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner being at odds with each other. From what the president said, Bannon might want to watch his step.

When asked about whether he has confidence in Bannon, Mr. Trump responded, "I like Steve, but you have to remember he was not involved in my campaign until very late... I had already beaten all the senators and all the governors, and I didn't know Steve. I'm my own strategist, and it wasn't like I was going to change strategies because I was facing crooked Hillary."

A White House source confirmed the comments were accurate.

Reports have emerged of Bannon and Kushner becoming two warring factions under Trump's White House, with staff lining up to take sides. Ideological differences have led to hostility and animosity. The president didn't deny this, but he says he's confident it'll get sorted.

"Steve is a good guy, but I told them to straighten it out or I will," said Mr. Trump.

The rivalry has been brewing for some time and has even gotten media attention. Aides like policy advisor Stephen Miller and the president's counselor Kellyanne Conway backing Bannon. They consider themselves strict nationalists and support his agenda. Meanwhile, Kushner, who is more global-minded, is backed by economic adviser Gary Cohn and deputy national security adviser Dina Powell.

CNN reports a meeting was arranged by chief of staff Reince Priebus to try and get Bannon and Kushner on the same page. The meeting was arranged just as Mr. Trump took off to Florida to meet with the president of China at his Mar-a-Lago property, and for him to slip in a few holes of golf.

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