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President Trump will start the week with a truce reigning among his senior White House staff.

The ultimatum he gave his aides at his club at Mar-a-Lago—bury the hatchet, or else—appears to have held through the weekend. Chief of Staff Reince Priebus has apparently brokered a halt to the behind-the-scenes battle between chief strategist Steve Bannon and his son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner.

But there is little reason to believe the ceasefire is permanent. In a summit Friday to confront the issues, Trump’s top aides all huddled, but the person most responsible for driving the drama, the President himself, did not attend. Until Trump decides on a clear direction for his Administration the infighting among a strong-headed and ideologically diverse staff is sure to flare again.

Trump is hardly the first president to surround himself with a diverse set of policy ideas or world-views. The Obama Administration spanned Larry Summers and Cass Sunstein. George W. Bush’s White House had Christie Todd Whitman and Paul Wolfowitz. There have long been disagreements and turf wars in the West Wing, but the fireworks of the last few weeks are nonetheless unusual.

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