Senior adviser Jared Kushner and White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, arguably the two most influential voices in the West Wing, have clashed repeatedly in recent weeks over strategy to pass health care legislation, the fallout of the bogged-down immigration bans and, most recently, whether to intervene in the Syrian civil war.
But they may not be able to. "Kushner is suspicious of Bannon's fiery style and has been concerned about how he's influencing the president".
Whether he acts on it remains to be seen.
Anyone applying for top secret clearance is required to list for the Federal Bureau of Investigation all foreign officials they have met with in the past seven years, but Kislyak and Gorkov were missing from paperwork filed by Kushner, who is Ivanka Trump's husband.
A White House source told The Huffington Post on Friday that 'Gary Cohn would be the top pick for chief of staff'. "The only thing we are shaking up is the way Washington operates as we push the President's aggressive agenda forward".
Seated next to President Xi Jinping's wife - two seats down from Trump himself - was Kushner, the commercial real estate scion and husband of Ivanka Trump, who is quickly consolidating power just shy of the Trump administration's 100 day mark.
Bill Daley, a former White House chief of staff to president Barack Obama, who got pushed out in a shakeup after about a year into the job, said it appears that inside the Trump White House there is a struggle for "the soul and brain of the president". Asked by Wallace whether it was "inappropriate" to give a political adviser a role on the Principals Committee, McMaster replied, "No, I think what is appropriate is to have in that role - whoever the president wants in that role...."
Despite Trump's big news week, the White House is anxious that the stories of infighting and "palace intrigue" are supplanting stories about the president's successes. That is a position that others have not survived, most notably Corey Lewandowski, the first of the president's three campaign managers. Bannon was fed up with the incoming he was taking - and so were his allies, inside and outside the White House.
"The more appreciation you could have for what's actually happening on the ground, the more informed you are when you start talking about the strategic issues", Dunford said.
"These reports are as absurd as all of the other erroneous gossip columns that have preceded them", assistant press secretary Michael Short told ABC News.
No word on who might take on Bannon's white supremacist portfolio. Kushner has yet to show he can master his own portfolio, and his role is so large that miscues will be magnified.
"No staff shakeups here", the official added.
As he did throughout his career in business and entertainment, Mr. Trump plays advisers off one another, encouraging a sort of free-for-all competition for influence and ideas within his circle, so long as everyone demonstrates loyalty to him.
The stories about infighting "probably bother him some", Gingrich said.
"If being complicit is wanting to be a force for good and to make a positive impact, then I'm complicit".