There is never any shortage of drama from the Trump administration. Earlier today, news broke that HHS Secretary Tom Price was handing in his resignation. And since the very start, the administration has been a revolving door for officials, with firings and resignations coming every other week.
The drama also apparently struck as close to home as it can get for Trump: Chief of Staff John Kelly reportedly was “livid” at Trump son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner for doing things behind his back and demanded Trump choose between them. What’s more is that he won that exchange, and Kushner has not been happy since.
‘But after a particularly contentious meeting with Democrats on the Hill regarding DACA this past summer, he was informed by Senate leaders that he appeared not to have been “read in” to some conversations going on in the White House, according to three sources with direct knowledge of the matter.’
‘The president’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, Kelly learned, had been quietly back-channeling with Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.). Kushner, Democratic Hill aides confirmed, had discussed with the two senators a potential deal to protect Dreamers from deportation.’
‘Kelly, according to three sources familiar with the exchange, was livid, not at the content of the discussions — he has said he personally supports DACA — but that they were going on without his knowledge. He called senior White House officials and demanded a meeting with Trump to deliver something of an ultimatum: If Kushner was going to freelance on DHS issues, the president would have to choose between his son-in-law and the four-star general serving in his Cabinet.’
The article goes on to report Kushner’s unhappiness with this new turn of events:
‘But Kushner has also complained to friends and allies about his stunted status in the new regime. He can no longer simply float in and out of the Oval Office, or function in the freewheeling role he has grown used to since the campaign, he has told associates. That marks a change of status for the former real estate scion, who before working as a free-ranging agent for his father-in-law, served as the top dog at his family-owned real estate company in Manhattan.’
Kushner is also upset about increased attention on the “Office of American Innovation,” his personal project for outreach to the tech industry.
Trump, for his part, has repeatedly demonstrated he is more concerned with the way his children are perceived than how they do their jobs, or whether it is appropriate to appoint unqualified family members to advisory roles as if the White House is a family palace.
Jared and Ivanka have been in the news lately because of their shockingly brazen imitation of Hillary Clinton’s private email server, an issue Trump repeatedly attacked her for during the campaign. Minus certain software programs, the private server set up by Ivanka and Jared in order to use personal email for state business is nearly identical to the setup used by Hillary, leading to increased heat on them and attention to what exact role they are playing within the White House.
While the use of private email is common among politicians wishing to avoid Freedom of Information Act requests from the press, it takes a particular kind of person to do so when the entire reason for your political career is attacking someone else for doing the same thing. Private emails are not generally counted as public records, whereas emails to official government addresses are, hence the reason for the server.
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