U.S. President Donald Trump arrives for a meeting with business leaders in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington January 23, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
Inside the White House, they are dismissed by their rivals as “the Democrats.”
Outspoken, worldly and polished, this coterie of ascendant Manhattan business figures-turned-presidential advisers is scrambling the still-evolving power centers swirling around President Trump.
Led by Gary Cohn and Dina Powell — two former Goldman Sachs executives often aligned with Trump’s elder daughter and his son-in-law — the group and its broad network of allies are the targets of suspicion, loathing and jealousy from their more ideological West Wing colleagues.
On the other side are the Republican populists driving much of Trump’s nationalist agenda and confrontations, led by chief strategist Stephen K. Bannon, who has grown closer to Chief of Staff Reince Priebus in part to counter the New Yorkers.
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WNU Editor: President Trump needs to be careful .... these former Goldman Sachs/liberal Bush supporters are not the people who helped him get elected .... on the contrary .... they supported his opponents. And as for their globalist message .... that is not why people voted for President Trump .... they want the opposite. White House administrations .... especially Republican administrations .... have a long history of dissension and policy conflicts. I expect the same for this administration .... but if President Trump abandons his base .... he will be a one term President.