WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump and his senior adviser Stephen Bannon will meet Friday in New York to discuss the ongoing battle over the future of the U.S. immigration system, a White House official said.
Trump will be joined by Bannon, who was tapped to lead the White House’s Office of American Innovation and a senior adviser to Trump’s transition team last week.
Trump’s national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, and National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn will also join Bannon and Cohn in the meeting, the official said Friday.
White House officials say the two men will be looking for common ground in the current administration, which has come under intense criticism for the policies they say have contributed to the surge in immigration and refugee flows.
The two men also will likely be discussing issues related to the new administration’s immigration policy, the White Post reported.
But the officials said there are no plans to directly criticize Trump on immigration or any other topic.
It’s also unclear when Bannon and Trump will meet.
A source close to Bannon said he’s been in discussions about a meeting with Trump for a few weeks and that the meeting will happen Friday, the Associated Press reported.
The officials also did not specify how long the meeting would last.
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Trump has also criticized Bannon, the adviser who was recently ousted as the White National Party’s chief strategist.
On Friday, Bannon accused Trump of seeking to “take the country down a path of social justice,” saying Trump’s election was a “victory for the alt-right.”
Trump responded by calling Bannon “a disgrace to the Republican Party” and “a friend of Vladimir Putin.”