White House press secretary Sean Spicer on Monday tacitly confirmed the reports of infighting between senior advisers, saying President Donald Trump is "very confident" in their ability to resolve their differences while also calling the whole episode "overblown."
Reports surfaced last week that chief strategist Steve Bannon and senior adviser Jared Kushner, also Trump's son-in-law, were locked in a battle so tense that it was reported to be irreconcilable.
Spicer, without naming Bannon and Kushner, answered a few questions about Trump's "perspective on the ability of the senior advisers to resolve those differences."
"They came together for a common purpose – to win a campaign. There's an unbelievably talented team at the senior level, and frankly all the way to the bottom level of this administration, that is committed to the president's agenda," Spicer said at his daily briefing.
Trump "understands that we have some pretty smart, talented individuals who are opinionated on a lot of subjects, but that our battles and policy differences need to be behind closed doors, we need to focus, and ultimately all come out committed to advancing the president's agenda," Spicer said.
"I think there was a lot of things overblown with this that makes it out to the media and makes it more sensational than it truly is," Spicer said.
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