It’s become clear at this point in the Trump Administration that pretty much none of the key players have any idea what they’re doing. The president has absolutely no experience conducting himself in the manner required of the president of the United States, and he’s not interested in making himself into a more effective leader through surrounding himself with experienced individuals. Rather, he prefers to wallow in his ignorance.
One of those who is close to Trump and has no apparent idea what he’s doing is his son-in-law, Jared Kushner. Kushner has long attracted scrutiny for taking on issues he’s utterly unqualified to address, such as the decades-long conflict between the Israelis and Palestinians, but that hasn’t stopped him — until now.
A new report from The New York Times details the story of what has become Kushner’s downfall. According to the publication, the era of Kushner’s tenure as Trump’s adviser in which he can do pretty much whatever he wants is over. The publication states that Kushner’s fortunes changed when his father-in-law replaced White House chief of staff Reince Priebus with former Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly.
The publication tells a story to illustrate the change. According to source speaking to The Times, Priebus, when he still had a job, confronted Kushner at one point with the question of what his then-new “Office of American Innovation” would actually do. Kushner replied by saying, “What do you care?” and adding in an expletive that the publication doesn’t identify. (It would be interesting if Kushner had called former RNC head Priebus something derogatory.)
Priebus allegedly replied by saying:
‘Okay, you do whatever you want.’
Now, according to The Times, “the do-whatever-you-want stage of Mr. Kushner’s tenure is over.”
Trump’s chief of staff John Kelly has clamped down on conventionally Trump-ian chaos inside the White House, reportedly attempting to streamline operations. As a part of that, he’s told advisers versions of “Jared works for me.”
The publication adds another bombshell:
‘According to three advisers to the president, Mr. Kelly had even discussed the possibility of Mr. Kushner and his wife, Ivanka Trump, departing the West Wing by the end of the year.’
Kelly has denied the allegation, saying:
‘There was honestly never a time when I contemplated getting rid of Jared and Ivanka.’
It’s not like it would be unreasonable to suggest that Kelly did, in fact, want to get rid of Kushner. For one, he has attracted intense scrutiny because of his repeated belligerent interactions with foreign government interests. He was in the infamous 2016 meeting including Donald Trump Jr. and a Kremlin-connected lawyer, and he’s had other suspicious interactions with foreign government interests since.
Special Counsel for the Russia investigation Robert Mueller — who somewhat recently unveiled his first charges against members of the Trump team — is reportedly looking into Kushner’s role in a number of issues, including the abrupt firing of FBI Director James Comey back in May.
Trump, for his part, is unsurprisingly sticking by Kushner.
According to The Times, Trump said:
‘Jared is working very hard on peace between Israel and the Palestinians, and the last thing I would ever do is get in the way of that possibility. Jared has been very effective since the early days of the campaign and the same is true today. He understood the movement then and has been helpful implementing the agenda the American people voted for since.’
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