Jared Kushner’s role at the White House has been reduced to almost nothing
Jared Kushner is bad at filling out forms, bad at remembering his own gender, bad at not getting the president to embolden people who want to exterminate his whole religion, and bad at just about everything else, it seems. He’s so bad at doing stuff, that even his role at doing bad things in the bad administration is being cut down.
Vanity Fair reported on Tuesday that Kushner’s role as an aide to President Father-in-Law has been significantly cut down, thanks to a series of missteps and the guidance of chief of staff John Kelly, who had no patience for Kushner. The 36-year-old came into the White House with no political experience but a vast, ludicrously ambitious portfolio that included running the government like a business, reforming the Veterans Administration, ending the opioid epidemic and, while he’s at it, solving the Middle East crisis. Eleven months into the administration, Kushner hasn’t done much, and Kelly reportedly wants him to stop trying.
“Kelly has clipped his wings,” one high-level Republican in frequent contact with the White House told the magazine.
Kelly has instead been trying to get Kushner to focus on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. And even that brief appears to be creating tensions between Kushner and Kelly.
Kelly was particularly displeased with Kushner’s trip to Saudi Arabia last month: it took place a few days before 32-year-old Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman arrested 11 Saudi royals, which gave the impression that Kushner knew of the purge and maybe helped plan it.
Meanwhile, the “business councils” Kushner planned to set up in the White House are basically gone, and Kushner is starting to sweat over Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian ties.
“Do you think they’ll get the president?” Kushner reportedly asked a friend.
Trump also has been bristling at Kushner’s terrible advice, including encouragement to back losing Alabama Republican candidate Luther Strange (although that probably seems ok compared to Roy Moore, in retrospect).
Maybe the allegedly “moderating” forces of Jared and Ivanka aren’t long for the White House at all? They don’t seem to like it very much. Vanity Fair reports:
Trump, according to three people who’ve spoken to him, has advocated for Jared and Ivanka to return to New York in part because they are being damaged by negative press. “He keeps pressuring them to go,” one source close to Kushner told me. But as bad as the Russia investigation may be, it’s not clear a New York homecoming would be much better for Kushner, given that his family’s debt-ridden office tower at 666 Fifth Avenue could be headed for bankruptcy.