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NY moderates in White House spark infighting and suspicion

Tug of war sees business figures-turned-advisers pitted against GOP populists driving Trump's nationalist agenda

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Many people inside and outside the White House frequently note the growing visibility of Mr Cohn (above), who influences a wide range of policies domestic and foreign, and Ms Powell, who is taking on a more visible role in foreign affairs. They wonder if the duo might eventually gain influence over Mr Trump's message and moderate it from the populism of his chief strategist Bannon, especially if the president's popularity wanes further.

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Many people inside and outside the White House frequently note the growing visibility of Mr Cohn, who influences a wide range of policies domestic and foreign, and Ms Powell (above), who is taking on a more visible role in foreign affairs. They wonder if the duo might eventually gain influence over Mr Trump's message and moderate it from the populism of his chief strategist Bannon, especially if the president's popularity wanes further.

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OUTSPOKEN, worldly and polished, this coterie of ascendant Manhattan business figures-turned-presidential advisers is scrambling the still-evolving power centres swirling around US President Donald Trump.

Led by Gary Cohn and Dina Powell - two former Goldman Sachs

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