The latest situation in White House battles - ABDULLAH MURADOĞLU

The latest situation in White House battles

In my previous article I had said that the two groups in the White House were in a power battle to influence U.S. President Donald Trump. A brief reminder: While the “globalists” were advocating the strengthening of the U.S.’s international relations with supranational unions and institutes like NATO, the European Union (EU) and the World Trade Organization (WTO), the “neonationalists” want to change and reshape the U.S.’s foreign affairs with the “America First” discourse.

The relentless battle between the globalists and the neonationalists has spread across all departments of the White House. In July, Trump appointed Wall Street financier Anthony Scaramucci as communications director. A registered Democrat Party donator, until only recently, Scaramucci was posting very harsh tweets against Trump. On the neonationalist wing, head strategist Steve Bannon, White House Secretary General Reince Priebus and Press Secretary Sean Spicer objected to the appointment of Scaramucci who suddenly became pro-Trump. Spicer resigned from his position as press secretary, followed by Michael Short, his senior press aide.
It was leaked to the press that Scaramucci, who is acting more nervous than a long-tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs, insulted Priebus, calling him “paranoiac, schizophrenic,” and Bannon with sexual implications. It was known that Trump started to dislike Priebus. Thus, the view that Scaramucci made such attempts within Trump’s knowledge started to form. Priebus, who Scaramucci accused of leaking information, finally resigned.
Priebus was chairman of the Republican National Committee (RNC) for many years. Priebus, very close friends with House of Representatives Chair Paul Ryan, was the most important link in Trump’s connection to the party and congress. Spicer, Short and Katie Walsh, who left her position as White House deputy chief of staff four months ago in reaction to the collapse of the health bill, were all from the RNC. These developments gave rise to questions such as, “Is the RNC resigning from the White House?” As a matter of fact, there were even thoe who said, “Without Priebus, Trump is a partyless president.”
The first thing Homeland Security Secretary Gen. John Kelly, who replaced Priebus, did was fire Scaramucci. Gen. Kelly is expected to stop the chaos in the White House. However, how Kelly, who has no ties to the party, will be able to do something Priebus couldn’t is being debated. So, in the battle between the globalists and neonationalists, which side will Kelly steer more toward? Another question that awaits to be answered is, “Will Bannon, who is described as the ‘Doomsday geopolitical warrior’ and is hence not welcome even among the Republican elites, remain in office?”
We shouldn’t disregard the power battles in the NSC either. One of Bannon’s allies, former Breitbart columnist Tera Dahl, gave up her seat at the NSC, during the G20 summit. Toward the end of July, Strategic Planning Director Rich Higgins was fired. Middle East Adviser Derek Harvey is another NSC member who was fired. The latest big surprise was Ezra Cohen-Watnick being fired. Watnick held a strong position that was created to ensure the coordination and communication between the White House and U.S. Intelligence Community (IC). All three names claimed to be close to Bannon are known for their hawkish stance on Iran.

According to neonationalists and Zionist groups, these three names were dismissed because they were “pro-Israel.” In the criticized target is National Security Adviser H. R. McMaster from the globalist wing. These circles accuse McMaster of filling the NSC with “anti-Israel” figures and sabotaging Trump’s foreign policy agenda. Those who have been making similar accusations against State Secretary Tillerson want both names to be dismissed. In other words, the dimensions of the infighting is expanding. 


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