Trump annoyed by Bannon appearance

Stephen Bannon
Mr Trump told the New York Post, "Steve is a good guy, but I told them to straighten it out or I will."

President Donald Trump is reportedly still annoyed by Time magazine's February cover story which featured a photo of White House chief strategist Stephen K. Bannon.

The New York Times has reported Mr Trump as being bothered by the cover, which labelled  Mr Bannon 'The Great Manipulator' inside the article, "Is Steve Bannon the Second Most Powerful Man in the World?" which focused on Mr Bannon's influence inside the West Wing.

"That doesn't just happen," he reportedly told a visitor this month, a preferred phrase of Mr Trump's used to denote anger at subordinates who advance their interests over his own.

Earlier this week Mr Trump told the New York Post, "Steve is a good guy, but I told them to straighten it out or I will."

The New York Times article also refers to what is described as the 'marginalisation' of Mr Bannon inside the White House, at the expense of Mr Trump's son-in-law and senior advisor Jared Kushner, and the souring of the relationship between Mr Trump and Mr Bannon.

Mr Trump and his family have closely monitored Mr Bannon's former news website Breitbart, which they regarded as a "weapon in his war against White House rivals", however Mr Bannon has said the site was operating beyond his reach and not in line with his wishes.

Reports continue to speculate on the pitting of Mr Bannon and Mr Kushner against each other, portraying each as rivals vying for the ear of Mr Trump.

Mr Trump's daughter and wife of Mr Kushner, Ivanka, has reportedly spoken frankly about Mr Bannon's shortcomings to her father.

Mr Bannon was recently removed from the National Security Council's principals committee, which he had gained access to during a reshuffling earlier this year.

However the White House maintained that his removal was not a demotion.