Ever since President Donald Trump stepped into office, rumors of his controversial adviser and strategist Steve Bannon clashing with other members of the administration abounded. And from reports, Bannon has bumped heads most with the president's son-in-law, Jared Kushner. Recently ousted from the Trump administration on Friday (though Bannon maintains his exit was planned), new reports reveal that Bannon supposedly called Jared and Ivanka "Javanka" behind their backs. And it was not meant to be a compliment, apparently.
The New York Times first reported this tidbit following Bannon's departure from the White House. Originally, it seems, Bannon was supposed to leave the White House quietly. But after clashing with Chief of Staff John Kelly on how Trump should handle the response to the events in Charlottesville, his removal was hastened.
According to The New York Times, Bannon supposedly suggested "Javanka" could alienate the president's core of working-class voters. Reportedly, Bannon wanted Trump to be tougher on issues like immigration and believed that if he adopted more moderate views, as his daughter and son-in-law might suggest, he still wouldn't be able to capture Democratic support.
If true, Bannon could be using the couple's celebrity name as a way to undermine their influence and credibility. However, Trump himself spent many years in the spotlight as a real estate developer and celebrity personality, so that makes Bannon's intention a little more unclear.
In his last days in the White House, Bannon gave an interview to The American Prospect, a progressive outlet, in which he contradicted Trump on nuclear threats from North Korea.
Since his departure from the White House, Bannon has returned to Breitbart News, where two of the stories on the outlet's front page were about Jared and Ivanka, according to the Huffington Post. The first claimed "Report: Ivanka Takes Credit For Bannon White House Departure," for which the website later ran a story saying the White House denied this claim. The second story declared, "List: 6 Times Javanka's Displeasure With POTUS Leaked To Press."
Gabriel Sherman, writing for Vanity Fair, predicts a coming war between Bannon and Javanka, citing Bannon's belief that they are a part of a New York Democrat "globalist" category. Now, it's not out of the realm of possibility that Bannon will come at the two since he's out of the White House.
While only time will tell what he'll do, and what their responses will be, knowing that there is potentially bad blood between the two camps who were close to the president is an important part of understanding the administration's dynamics.