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Nepotism in the White House is Making for a Complicated Mess
Posted at 10:33 pm on September 29, 2017 by Susan Wright
It sounds like President Trump is coming to a slow realization that nepotism might work in business, but in politics, not so much.
Politico is reporting on the troublesome nature of the Trump White House, as they attempt to maneuver around son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner, as well as daughter Ivanka Trump.
By all accounts, Kushner and Ivanka were used to doing what they wanted, when they wanted, and having Trump’s ear on most issues.
One such example of the power struggle came during the summer, after meetings on Capitol Hill with Democrats regarding DACA.
John Kelly, then the head of Homeland Security thought he was on top of that, until someone whispered in his ear that Jared Kushner was still trying to call the shots.
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.
It was knows that dynamic that caused John Kelly to hesitate before taking the job as chief of staff.
Then there have been the multiple foul ups from Kushner with everything from his failure to disclose meetings and business associations that might be troublesome on his security clearance forms, to the private email accounts that are now gaining attention.
Since Kelly put his firm grip on the West Wing in July, however, the role of the Trump children has shifted. Aides claim the couple was eager for a more functional work environment, and have been happy to fall in line with Kelly’s rules.
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’s stand-alone Office of American Innovation, the platform from which he serves as the main point of contact for the tech industry, has received more “scrutiny” since Kelly started, according to a senior administration official.
In other words, he’s not the power behind the throne, anymore.
The president has expressed concern about Ivanka’s image on social media, as well as how she and Jared are viewed by the public.
I don’t know how much they care, especially when they’re that close to power, but it’s apparently something the president is thinking about.
While Kelly is putting structure back in the White House, he still has to deal with the Jared and Ivanka problem.
It’s not just Kelly who is uncertain of how to make the arrangement work. In recent months, according to multiple administration officials, the president has also been casually surveying people close to him about whether having his family members in the government is creating too much noise.
“Baby, you’re getting killed, this is a bad deal,” Trump has told Ivanka Trump, in front of other staffers, after soaking in the criticisms of the role his daughter is playing.
White House lawyers have already put the idea out to Trump to have Kushner step down. They even drafted a letter to explain his departure, but it has yet to happen, and Kushner seems to end up in deeper, more twisted messes.
That has to be a difficult situation. How do you fire your daughter’s husband – or your daughter – without risking a family scene?
Excellent question for Ivanka to contemplate!
Angel Mom to Ivanka: ‘Which Child Would You Choose to Lose at the Hands of an Illegal to Support Your Agenda?’
11 Oct 2017Washington, DC
“Angel Mom” and co-founder of Advocates for Victims of Illegal Alien Crime (AVIAC) Mary Ann Mendoza spoke with Breitbart News Daily SiriusXM host Alex Marlow on Wednesday regarding the White House’s demands to Democrats on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and recent public comments by Ivanka Trump on the issue.
Breitbart News reported Ivanka Trump’s comments:
“issue that needs a long-term congressional fix,” Trump cautiously responded to Nina Easton, a liberal former journalist who is married to a political consultant for establishment GOP politicians. Trump was attending an October 9 event titled “Fortune‘s Most Powerful Women Summit,” and said:
I am personally of the opinion, and the president has stated this, that we have to figure out a good solution that protects these innocent people, many of whom were brought to this country as children. But you know, there has to be a long-term fix, and it cannot be bandaged over at a presidential level [by] another executive order which can be rescinded by a subsequent administration.
Mendoza said Wednesday, “I didn’t vote for Ivanka. I voted for President Trump. And I’m sure if Ivanka had been affected by illegal criminal activity in her family, I think she’d have a different stance on this. I’d love to be able to meet with her face-to-face, look her in the eye as a mother to a mother and say, ‘Which child would you choose to lose at the hands of an illegal to support your agenda?'”
Mendoza continued, “This is what [Ivanka Trump is] asking of the American people.”
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