Jared Kushner's growing portfolio within the Trump administration has pitted him and his allies against the populist operatives who helped elect his father-in-law president.
"Right now you have so many divided camps," a source close to the administration told the Washington Examiner, describing Kushner, loyalists from the campaign and transplants from the Republican National Committee as separate factions in the White House. "Team Trump and Team RNC, they don't like each other. Team Trump doesn't respect Team RNC."
Early whispers about the battle lines between those loyal to chief of staff Reince Priebus and allies of chief strategist Steve Bannon have given way to a showdown between Bannon and Kushner, a senior adviser from a Democratic family who is married to Ivanka Trump.
Trump himself at times has drawn from pragmatic centrism and the right-wing nationalism associated with Bannon in arriving at political positions. But internal struggles have some inside the president's orbit worried that insufficiently committed advisers will dilute the platform Trump ran on last year.
Sources said the ascension of Kushner has even created a detente between Priebus and Bannon as they square off against the "West Wing Democrats," a group that includes Kushner and chief economic adviser Gary Cohn.
"Priebus is with Bannon," said one source familiar with the fight against Kushner and Cohn. Multiple sources have referred to their faction as the "globalists"
"Fighting a two front war is hard," said another source. "It's a temporary truce ... It takes two to take down Jared. It's going to take all resources to take down Jared."
Tensions that had simmered below the surface spilled out into the open this week when reports surfaced of Bannon's removal from the National Security Council principals committee. A Bannon ally blamed Kushner for the negative connotation of the stories about the top strategist, claiming Bannon's role on the NSC was always intended to be temporary. Many of the stories characterized the NSC reshuffle as a sign of Bannon's shrinking clout.
Kushner, meanwhile, traveled to Iraq on behalf of the Trump administration this week and recently took over a government-wide initiative to pioneer business solutions at federal agencies.
And his recent influence has gone beyond the public additions to his portfolio. The source close to the administration said it was Kushner who pushed Trump to start calling on Democrats to work with Republicans on a healthcare deal after saddling conservatives with the blame for failed Obamacare reform talks late last month.
That source said Kushner believes Trump should modify his agenda in order to get bipartisan support, rather than pursue the specific items Trump laid out during the campaign, such as building the border wall, renegotiating NAFTA and repealing Obamacare.
"Jared will learn that the coalition is not there that he wants," the source said, blaming Kushner's inexperience for his internal push to work with Democrats at a time when partisan temperatures are running sky-high. "I'm of the opinion that you take down Jared by letting him do what he wants to do."
Priebus, meanwhile, is increasingly aligned with Bannon by virtue of the fact that he's a Republican who sees the political value in delivering on Trump's campaign promises, the Bannon ally said.
The former RNC chairman suffered his own setback last week with the departure of his "right-hand man," deputy chief of staff Katie Walsh. White House officials described her exit as a mutual decision designed to give Trump's policies more support from the outside.
But the timing of Walsh's departure — coming on the heels of failed healthcare talks and amid rumors in conservative media that she was the source of numerous White House leaks -— raised questions about whether she left the administration by choice.
"You're certainly not in a position of strength when you fight to keep your person and you still can't keep that person around," a source said of what he described as Priebus' unsuccessful efforts to keep Walsh in the White House.
Trump's populist agenda is facing a series of high-stakes tests as the symbolic window of his first 100 days in office comes to a close. In many ways, the ideological and tactical divide between Bannon and Kushner embodies the tensions surrounding Trump's public policy persona.
The Assad regime's chemical attack in Syria has tested Trump's commitment to a less interventionist foreign policy as more hawkish voices pull him toward a robust military reprisal.
Cohn's reported opposition to Trump's protectionist trade policies has put him at odds with West Wing advocates of the "America First" approach that won over voters during the campaign.
Trump has found himself caught in a policy war between centrist and conservative Republicans on how best to address Obamacare and how much of the law should actually be repealed.
And supporters increasingly fear that the great big, beautiful wall Trump promised voters won't end up being paid for by Mexico — or won't end up being built at all.
The source close to the administration projected optimism that those dedicated to Trump's original agenda would ultimately prevail over those pulling the president in a different direction.
"In TrumpWorld, the long game is the only game," the source said. "[Trump] goes up and down in who he likes and who he doesn't like. If you've been a part of Team Trump you know how to cope and you know how to deal with it, but if you're new to the team and you're not passionate about the cause, you're like, 'Why the fuck am I putting up with this?'"