While the White House has denied reports about personnel changes, Trump appears to have made some shifts that seem to favor Kushner's more moderate views over Bannon's far-right views. Bannon was reportedly removed from the National Security Council, with a number of reasons being cited by news outlets as the reason for him being removed.
At one of Kushner's meetings with Kislyak, former national security adviser Michael Flynn -the man now seeking immunity in exchange for testifying in the Trump-Russia investigation - was present.
But the benign explanation for Bannon's removal belies the growing strife between Bannon, Kushner and Gary Cohn, the National Economic Council director. But, in the midst of a probe into the Trump team's possible ties to Russia, Mr Kushner reportedly failed to disclose his meetings with two powerful Russian officials.
In February, Saturday Night Live opened with a skit depicting Bannon as the "Grim Reaper" who was now really in charge of the White House, manipulating Alec Baldwin's Trump to pick fights with world leaders and sow chaos.
"Things are happening, but it's very unclear the president's willing to pull that trigger", Allen reported hearing from a source.
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Thune also blamed Democrats for introducing the use of the filibuster on judicial nominees in 2003 during his call with reporters. However, McConnell pledged Tuesday that the legislative filibuster would not be removed on his watch.
A number of members of President Donald Trump's administration have told The Daily Beast that Bannon has started to refer to the president's son-in-law, and advisor, Jared Kushner a "globalist" and "cuck". And now Kushner has a prime seat at the president's table. And they sought to diminish Bannon, claiming that his internal policy think tank - the Strategic Initiatives Group - never got off the ground and would have been irrelevant even if it had existed.
It's not necessarily news that Kushner sat down with Kislyak. But we're talking about Donald Trump here.
Some of Bannon's supporters are anxious that he miscalculated by aligning himself with Priebus, who is despised by Trump diehards.
Bannon and Priebus did not immediately respond to the Journal's requests for comment.
One source close to Kushner said it was not his intent to hide his contacts, since he is disclosing them to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and is willing to testify about them to Congress. And, as they say, in Washington D.C. positioning is everything.